The Honda Air concept was the vehicle Honda entered into
the 2010 LA Auto Show's Design Challenge competition.
For 2010 the competition organizers had asked several
design studios of major manufacturers to design a car
which weighed under 1,000 lbs (454 kgs), could carry up
to four people, and was both safe and comfortable.
Because none of the concept cars entered into the competition
will ever be made, it's a great excuse for the designers
to really let their imaginations run wild, and forget
about engineering or manufacturing limitations which might
otherwise dilute their 'pure' conceptual ideas.
The Honda Air is a vision of the future of lightweight
and alternative fuel performance vehicles; a coastal cruiser
for the aggressive lifestyle. Inspired by roller coasters
as well as skydiving wing-suits, the Honda Air is powered
by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. It
utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate
tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for
an estimated 100 miles. The chassis doubles as the master
tank and all components, including seating, are mounted
to the central chassis/tank to eliminate redundant structure
and reduce overall weight.
Body panels and fairings made from vegetable based polymers
protect the occupants. The Honda Air's cockpit is aimed
at maximizing the open air driving experience. In order
to reduce weight and increase performance and efficiency,
a hub-less wheel and drive system eliminates the use of
heavy drive train components. Glass reinforced seating
panels, urethane tire composition and skeletal sub-frame
components combine for drastic weight savings.
Using a Honda generator / air compressor at home or tire
filler at your local filling station, the main air tanks
and reserves can be filled quickly and safely.
Similar and related vehicles:
Honda Accord Coupe
Honda Sports 4
Honda Small Hybrid Sports
Honda Argento Vivo