Honda has revealed its “Project 2&4 powered by RC213V” before it global debut at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show. The Project 2&4 is the winning entry from Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’
Honda says that Project 2&4 is the embodiment of the concept of “creative craftsmanship” and is also the celebration of Honda being the world’s largest engine manufacturer by providing engines to 28 million people per year across two- and four-wheel automotive, power equipment, marine and aerospace applications.
Furthermore Honda added “that Project 2&4 is an example of Honda’s efforts to design an ever-more immersive driving experience and brings together the brand’s unique capabilities in two- and four-wheel mobility”. They claimed that Project 2&4 brings the freedom of a motorcycle with the added manoeuvrability of a car.
Honda revealed further details on the power unit, which is a modified version of the first-class MotoGP engine RC213V, a four-stroke 999 cc V-4 producing 212 hp at 13,000 rpm with a peak torque of 118 Nm at 10,500 rpm and a redline of 14,000 rpm. The power is transferred to the wheels by a six-speed DCT gearbox. The inspiration for the body design and engine position comes from the legendary Honda RA272 of 1965. The structure is more like a motorcycle, revealing the core frame and functional parts of the car. The similarity continues in the dimensions with overall length of 3,040 mm, a width of 1,820 mm and height of 995 mm. A weight of 405 kg maximises the impact of the power of the mid-mounted engine which, together with the low centre of gravity, ensures an exceptionally high level of responsiveness. The breathtaking feeling created from an open cockpit is enhanced by the driver’s seat which is suspended just above the road. Honda adds, “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 Global Design Project was a competition between the 80 designers and creators at Honda, which Honda explains is the part of their “Team Honda” philosphy. The philosphy was created to stimulate the minds of their R&D departments and create something extraordinary. The in-house competition takes place every year and the Project 2&4 is just one example of what these challenges can generate. Project 2&4 is the brainchild of Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and their design collaboration with the Honda automobile design studio in Wako. Honda claims that “the result not only showcases the creativity flowing through Honda’s design studios, but also challenges expectations of the future of mobility.”