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.”