Honda brings Project 2&4 to the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 23, 2015

Honda is showcasing its Honda Project 2&4 for the first time in North America at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda 2&4 concept – a collaboration between Honda's motorcycle and automobile divisions – is the winner of the 2015 Honda Global Design Project.

This new concept also celebrates Honda's position as the number one engine make in the world. This project is based on the merging of the handling and stability of a four-wheel vehicle and the open and engaging feel of a motorcycle.

Thus, the open-cockpit Honda Project 2&4 combines Honda's distinct capabilities in two- and four-wheel mobility. Borrowing from the Japanese company's history in the world of racing, designers based the body design and engine position of the Honda Project 2&4 on the iconic 1965 Honda RA272 Formula One racecar.

At the heart of the Honda Project 2&4 is a 999 cc V-4 engine that powers the RC213V race motorcycle. This engine was initially designed to power Honda's entries to the MotoGP motorcycle racing series, and it was then tuned for use on public roads.

With a maximum rev limit of 14,000 rpm and paired to a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT), this V-4 engine provides up to 212 hp of output available at 13,000 rpm, and 87 lb-ft. of max torque at 10,500 rpm.

Just like a motorcycle, Honda Project 2&4 features an open cockpit, minimal bodywork and a compact structure. Likewise, the concept proudly displays its core frame and functional components. It features minimalist dimensions -- 3,040 mm (119.7 inches) in length, 1,820 mm (71.7 inches) in width, and 995 mm (39.2 inches) in height.

Honda Project 2&4 also features a low weight of just 405 kg (892.9 lbs.). These dimensions and weight help enhance the power of its four-cylinder engine. Thanks to a low center of gravity, the engine could provide a high level of responsiveness. Interestingly, the Honda Project 2&4 features a low-mounted driver's seat with a floating seat design.

This design allows the driver to be as close to the action as possible. Likewise, this floating seat design allows drivers to enjoy a feeling of freedom similar to the experience from driving a bike, but with the dynamics brought forth by Honda's engineering feat.

Honda set up the Honda Global Design Project as an in-house competition among its global design studios. The winning design -- Honda Project 2&4 – represents Honda's unyielding work to create products that embody its drive to inspire and reward creative thinking while enhancing user experience.

Press Release

HONDA’S MOTORCYCLE AND AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING PROWESS COMBINE IN THE HONDA PROJECT 2&4 SHOWN AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Showcasing the racing spirit of Honda and its unique place in the world of high-performance, high-tech mobility, the Honda Project 2&4 made its North American debut today at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda 2&4 represents collaboration between Honda's motorcycle and automobile divisions on a new performance vehicle concept, combining the open and engaging feel of a motorcycle and the dynamic handling capabilities of an automobile.

Embodying the concept of creative craftsmanship, Honda Project 2&4 is the winner of the 2015 Honda Global Design Project and celebrates the company's position as the world's leading engine manufacturer, providing 28 million engines to people each year across its automotive, powersports, power equipment, marine and aerospace product lines. An example of the continuous effort to create an ever-more immersive driving experience, Honda Project 2&4 brings together the brand's unique capabilities in two- and four-wheel mobility.

The Honda Project 2&4 is powered by the RC213V competition motorcycle engine, a 999 cc V-4 unit, originally developed for the world-class MotoGP motorcycle racing series and specially tuned for use on public roads. The engine expresses Honda's global slogan “The Power of Dreams" representing inspiring innovation and originality. With a 14,000 rpm red line, the powerplant is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and delivers peak power of 212 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, and peak torque of 87 lb-ft. at 10,500 rpm.

Drawing upon Honda's racing heritage, the body design and engine position were inspired by the legendary Honda RA272 Formula One racecar of 1965. With minimal bodywork and an open cockpit, the Honda Project 2&4 shows off its core frame and functional components, much like a motorcycle, and is similarly compact. The project vehicle weighs just 405 kg (892.9 lbs.) with an overall length of 3,040 mm (119.7 inches), a width of 1,820 mm (71.7 inches) and height of 995 mm (39.2 inches). These minimalist dimensions and low weight accentuate the power of the mid-mounted engine that, together with the low center of gravity, ensures an exceptionally high level of responsiveness.

The exhilarating feeling created from the open cockpit is significantly enhanced by the low-mounted driver's seat. 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 and unique engineering.

The Honda Global Design Project is a global design competition among the Honda's global design studios. The winning Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company's continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience and represents its drive to inspire and reward creative thinking. The concept was designed through collaboration between Honda's motorcycle and automobile design centers in Japan.

About Honda
Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda currently operates 15 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.

 

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