‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’, the winning entry from the Japanese carmaker’s in-house ‘Global Design Project’, will be making its global debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.
Conceived by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and designed in collaboration with the car design studio in Wako, the concept vehicle draws on Honda’s racing heritage; the body design and engine position is said to have been inspired by the Honda RA272 of 1965.
With an open cockpit and off-centre ‘floating seat’ design, the structure reveals the core frame and functional parts of the car, much as would be more customary for a bike, and is similarly compact. Weighing 405 kg, the design study measures 3,040 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 995 mm tall.
Its mid-mounted, MotoGP-derived RC213V power unit is a 999 cc V-4 four-stroke engine that has been modified to run on public roads. Honda claims it delivers a peak power output of over 212 bhp at 13,000 rpm, while peak torque of over 87 lb-ft is delivered at 10,500 rpm. Transmission is provided by a six-speed DCT gearbox.