Honda shows radical Project 2&4 concept car

Automobile and motorcycle divisions of Honda Motors teamed up to build an “automotomobil” Project 2 & 4. Ultralight 1-seat open-wheel is unlikely to pass the concept stage.

Honda has decided to show the internal unity of their sporting ambitions, automobile and motorcycle departments. The result of the joint work of more than 80 designers and engineers has become a concept Project 2 & 4, declassified a few days before the official world premiere in Frankfurt in 2015. “Automotomobil” combines the maneuverability of a four-car and responsiveness of a sportbike.

Ultralight (of 405 kg assembled) single-seater open wheel car has appearance and design which refers to the first victory of Honda’s Formula 1, held in 1965. Moreover, its 999-cc four-stroke V4 is quite another sport: the 210-horsepower engine that spins up to 13,000 rpm, mounted on motorcycles, competing in MotoGP. The designers have made some changes to adapt to the road conditions, and learn to work in tandem with a 6-speed robotic gearbox with two clutch plates.

Official figures do not reveal the dynamics, but with the ratio of power to weight, just like a McLaren F1, you can expect fantastic results. This special design of ‘floating’ seats, which is located very close to the road, provides the pilot sensations comparable to riding on a race bike. Instead of the traditional instrument panel, a transparent panel display, used in jet fighters, has been used. Unfortunately, no information about the future plans with respect to the concept of 2 & 4 Honda have been announced.

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