It was revealed by Honda Motors Co. today at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show that they have a new concept vehicle run by an advanced hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain. Demonstrating that alternative energy doesn't have to be unexciting, the fresh concept vehicle – dubbed as the Honda FC Sport concept -- has been designed as an athletic three-seater and highlights the versatility of Honda's hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Honda is a leader when it comes to technology like this, having created and delivered the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle to buyers around the planet. The new Honda FC Sport concept vehicle demonstrates that the technology can be utilized in a vehicle with an extremely low center of gravity, high power output, and supercar-like planes of performance.
The high-yield Honda fuel cell powertrain and a smooth, aerodynamic body add to the vehicle's performance potential. A modular approach to fuel cell component packaging and the electric drivetrain add to a low center of gravity, with the majority of vehicle weight spread between the axles. This produces a balanced weight sharing highly desired in sports cars.
As set up, the new Honda FC Sport concept is set up to accept a custom-formed high-power fuel cell stack, placed between the rear seats, and a battery pack located low in the center of the vehicle. The electric motor is housed just in front of the rear axle. Dual fuel storage tanks, noticeable from above, are situated above the rear axle. The interior arrangement concentrates chiefly on the driver with a race car style center driving posture.
The enclosed canopy of the new Honda FC Sport concept opens upward from the back to permit entry and exit. Two rear passenger seats line the driver's left and right side. The concept was the brainchild of the U.S. research facility of Honda in Pasadena, California, and was designed with the main goal of utilizing current fuel cell technology in a sports car platform. Sadly, there are no plans to build it anytime soon.
For almost two decades, Honda has considered as a leader in the automotive industry in developing and deploying fuel-cell technology through extensive testing. Honda introduced the FCX, its first generation fuel-cell vehicle, 2002, marking the carmaker’s important technological advancements in terms of fuel-cell operation.
Then, Honda launched the FCX Clarity, its current fuel cell-electric vehicle, in July 2008. The FCX Clarity was right away celebrated as a technological achievement in the areas of efficiency, packaging, and design. It was regarded as the first dedicated fuel-cell vehicle in the world.