Honda has released this teaser image of a track car concept to be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Named ‘Project 2 & 4’, it was the winning entry in a world-wide competition between Honda’s design studios. Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and its car design centre in Wako, both in Japan, worked together to devise the car.
The top-down image appears to show an open-wheel, single-seater-type machine, possibly with an off-set engine one side of a central spine and the driver on the other. All Honda has said about the car’s architecture is that it has a ‘cabin-less structure’.
As the collaborative design process suggests, Project 2 & 4 brings together elements of Honda’s motorcycle and car expertise. It offers “the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.” Which should be fun on track, especially as power comes from the double MotoGP championship-winning RC213V engine.
The 999cc V4 motor produces 157bhp or 212bhp in the upcoming RC213V-S road bike, and around 250bhp in race trim. Whatever the output, it should give more than enough performance in a car that probably weighs about as much as a wet sponge.
Honda says Project 2 & 4 embodies the concept of ‘creative craftsmanship and is “the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience.”
It seems doubtful that there will actually be a Honda track car related to Project 2 & 4, but some elements of the design and manufacture could make their way into future Honda sports cars.
We’ll have to wait and see.
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By Only Motors