Honda FC Sport Concept Previews the Future of High Performance

By Editors on November 25, 2008 10:10 AM

Offering its take on the zero-emission supercar of tomorrow, Honda made the FC Sport Concept the central focus of its presentation at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which also included the first U.S. appearances of two other more production-oriented concepts, the next-generation Insight and the CR-Z coupe. Penned by The Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, in Pasadena, California, the FC Sport design exercise was created to show how the firm's existing V Flow hydrogen fuel cell system -- already on the road in the new FCX Clarity sedan -- could be reconfigured into a legitimate 21st century performance car that combined light weight, superior handling and distinctive, if somewhat polarizing, styling based on geometric forms and structures.

Beneath the FC Sport's large canopy, its driver sits behind a steering wheel placed in the center of the vehicle, as in an open-wheel single-seat racing car. The two rear buckets flank a custom-formed high-output version of Honda's fuel cell stack and battery pack that also get positioned low in the middle of the car, just ahead of the electric motor. All of this helps move the bulk of the FC Sport's centralized mass even closer to the ground to enhance handling as well a balance. The car's dual hydrogen tanks that are located directly above its rear axle; and to call further attention to its fuel-cell pedigree, they are visible from overhead. As a final green flourish, this high-energy Honda's organic bio-structure design theme is accented by body panels that its creators say would be made from eco-friendly plant-derived plastics.