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.