Honda Project 2&4 delivers instant exhilaration
A one-off, track-focused stunner, the Honda Project 2&4 makes its debut in Frankfurt. The end result of an annual in-house competition among the automaker's global design studios, the Project 2&4 "seeks to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car." Conceived by Honda's motorcycle design studio in Asaka and crafted in collaboration with its auto design studio in Wako, this minimalist exercise in maximum fun was inspired by Honda's 1965 RA272 Formula One racer. However, its fundamental open structure provides the driver with an even more visceral thrills.
Cultivating a competitive edge
Barely 10 feet long and 39 inches high, Project 2&4 is fitted with a Honda RC213V motorcycle engine adapted from the firm's MotoGP racing bike. Although tuned for street use, this ultra-sophisticated mid-mounted V4 still develops over 212 horsepower at a stratospheric 13,000 rpm and is backed by a paddle-shifted 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. While Honda offered no hard performance numbers, with its curb weight of just 893 pounds and a super-low center of gravity, Project 2&4 should be both blindingly quick and incredibly agile.
To best realize what Honda refers to as an "immersive experience," the driver of Project 2&4 sits in a "floating seat" positioned mere inches above the road surface. All necessary information is presented via a head-up display mounted on the steering column which carries a racing-style, flat-bottom multifunction wheel. While Honda offered few tech details, the photos confirm that Project 2&4's double-wishbone suspension also features Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers and it rides on sticky Bridgestone Potenza rubber. No word on whether or not we'll ever see the Honda Project 2&4 enter even limited production as a track-day special capable of going wheel-to-wheel with the Ariel Atom.
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