Announced at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Project 2&4 is a stunning example of Honda’s commitment to innovation and creativity in automotive industry. This bold creation was the winning entry from Honda’s in-house “Global design Project” Competition, won by the automobile design center in Wako & the motorcycle design center in Asaka, both of which are located in Japan.
When you look closely, what these teams have created is a single-seat roadster that provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car, aimed to destroy it’s immediate competitor in the segment, the Ariel Atom. Powered by a tweaked version of the RC213V engine, the same engine that can be found in Honda’s MotoGP racing bikes, this car might just have the chops to do it.
The 1.0-liter 999cc V4 engine produces an incredible 212 horsepower with 87 pound-feet of torque, & is quite capable of eating up any track you put in front of it. A rear wheel drive, six-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters makes this tiny monster 13,000 rpm of pure revving bliss. This is when they had to de-tune it to make it safe for road use. Just imagining this car at full power can get the heart racing.
The real defining factor of the Project 2&4 is its floating seat, which is suspended above the ground by extrusions. The transparent heads up display is the icing on the cake. A symbol of great things to come in the future from a company that has never been afraid to push the boundaries with unique but beautiful designs. Holding all the equipment together is a lightweight aluminium frame with carbonfibre floor and bodywork. This lightweight minimalist design along with the motorcycle engine puts the kerb weight of just 405kg, a full 115kg lighter than the two-seat Atom. When you combine the entire weight of the car with the compact dimensions – 3,040mm length, 1,820 mm width & 995 mm height, the resulting output gives the car a power-to-weight ratio of 523bhp per tonne, which is no small feat for such a small engine.
The inspiration for this car came from Honda’s RA272 F1 race car, which 50 years ago became the first Japanese car to win an F1 race at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. Just looking at this beautifully designed piece of art, you can see why Honda was & still is at the forefront of the automobile industry. It’s hard to say if this car will ever be seen on production level, but that was never the point of this car to begin with. This was supposed to be a show of strength & grace, & in this Honda has definitely succeeded.