Honda Project 2 and 4 Concept seen at 66th Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 18, 2015

Honda unveiled the winning entry of its ‘Global Design Project’ at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show. The entry, ‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’ was showcased at Honda’s stand atB11 in Hall 9.0.

Honda Project 2&4 celebrates the carmaker’s status as the largest engine maker in the world, as its engines power 28 million people annually – through their vehicles and power equipment as well as applications in the marine and aerospace industries.

Through the Honda Project 2&4, the brand is able to demonstrate its world-class expertise in two wheels and four wheels. Honda Project 2&4 is powered by the RC213V motorcycle-racing engine tuned to run on public roads, thus it features the maneuverability of a four-wheel vehicle and the freedom of a motorcycle.

This powerplant is a 999 cc V-4 four-stroke unit that fits Honda’s ‘The Power of Dreams’ guiding philosophy that encourages originality and innovation. The engine develops over 215 PS in max output at 13,000 rpm and over 118 Nm in peak torque available at 10,500 rpm, and is mated to a six-speed DCT gearbox.

Honda Project 2&4 is inspired by the iconic Honda RA272 -- the runaway winner of the 1965 Formula One grand prix – especially with regards to its body design and engine position. It features a structure with exposed core frame and functional parts, just like that on a bike.

With dimensions of 3,040 mm x 1,820mm x 995 mm (length x width x height), Project 2&4 weighs just 405 kg, which maximizes the power of the mid-mounted engine and the car’s low center of gravity for a very high level of responsiveness.

Interestingly, Project 2&4 features an open cockpit in which the driver’s seat is distinctly suspended above the road for a ‘floating seat’ design. This means that the driver is now positioned as close to the action as possible, similar to driving a motorcycle.

Honda Project 2& was conceived by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka, Japan, and was designed in partnership with the auto design studio in Wako. Honda Project 2&4 was developed to provide a passionate driving experience by blending the elements of a motorcycle with the characteristics of a car.

Challenging the conventions and expectations of the world of mobility, Honda Project 2&4 is one of the entries to Honda’s in-house ‘Global Design Project’ competition. More than 80 designers and creators coming from Honda’s design studios around the world took part in the challenge that is part of the carmaker’s bid to inspire creativity as one “Team Honda.”

Press Release

HONDA PROJECT 2&4 POWERED BY RC213V TO DEBUT AT FRANKFURT

‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’, the winning entry from Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’, will make its global debut at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show at stand B11 in Hall 9.0.

Embodying the concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 celebrates Honda’s position as the world’s leading engine manufacturer, providing engines to 28 million people per year across two- and four-wheel automotive, power equipment, marine and aerospace applications.

An example of the continuous effort by Honda to design an ever-more immersive driving experience, Honda Project 2&4 brings together the brand’s unique capabilities in two- and four-wheel mobility. Featuring the RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which has been modified to run on public roads, Honda Project 2&4 provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.

Its exceptional power unit, developed for the world-class MotoGP motorcycle racing series and specially tuned for the public road, is a 999 cc V-4 four-stroke unit and conforms to Honda’s ‘The Power of Dreams’ guiding philosophy that inspires innovation and originality. Peak power output is over 215 PS at 13,000 rpm, while peak torque of over 118 Nm is delivered at 10,500 rpm. Transmission is provided by a six-speed DCT gearbox.

Inspired by the global creativity of one ‘Team Honda’
Over 80 designers and creators participated in the in-house ‘Global Design Project’ competition, which is part of Honda’s initiative to inspire creativity as one ‘Team Honda’.

The objective of the annual contest between Honda design studios is to challenge team and project members to share one goal and achieve high targets.

Honda Project 2&4 is an example of what this stimulating challenge can generate thanks to the differing qualities of each participant. Conceived by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and designed in collaboration with the automobile design studio in Wako, Honda Project 2&4 seeks to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car. The result not only showcases the creativity flowing through Honda’s design studios, but also challenges expectations of the future of mobility.

Conceived for immersive driving thrills
Drawing on Honda’s racing heritage, the body design and engine position has been inspired by the legendary Honda RA272 of 1965. The structure reveals the core frame and functional parts of the car, much as would be more customary for a bike, and is similarly compact. Overall length is 3,040 mm, width 1,820mm and height 995 mm. A resulting weight of just 405 kg maximises the impact of the power of the mid-mounted engine which, together with the low centre of gravity, ensures an exceptionally high level of responsiveness.

The exhilarating feeling created from the open cockpit is significantly enhanced by the driver’s seat, uniquely suspended just above the road. The ‘floating seat’ design places the driver as close to the action as possible, evoking the freedom of a bike and completing the immersion provided by Honda Project 2&4’s extreme performance, 14,000 rpm red line and unique engineering.

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