Project 2&4 Powered by RC213V
The Honda Project 2&4 Powered by RC213V may not have the snappiest
of titles, but it definitely has the most intense styling of any recent
Honda. The 2&4 concept was developed through an in-house design
competition, where over 80 full-time Honda designers each pitched
their own idea for a futuristic Honda.
The Honda Project 2&4 was conceived by designers at the company's
motorcycle design studio in Asaka, Japan, who were then aided by team
at the automobile design studio in Wako. The fusion of motorcycle
and automotive design traits isn't hard to pick out. Despite its origins
however, it isn't the first time a Japanese manufacturer has tried
to meld motorcycle and automotive design into a single package. Suzuki
did it back in 2001 with the Hayabusa-powered GSX-R4
As well as motorcycles, the futuristic styling of the 2&4 concept
was partially inspired by the iconic Honda RA272 single-seat race
car from 1965. This car too had an offset seating arrangement.
The minimal bodywork of the Honda 2&4 reveals the core frame and
functional parts of the car. The vehicle is also extremely compact.
Overall length is 3,040 mm, width 1,820mm and height 995 mm. A resulting
weight of just 405 kg maximizes the impact of the power of the mid-mounted
engine which, together with the low centre of gravity, ensures an
exceptionally high level of responsiveness.
Powering the Honda Project 2&4 Powered by RC213V is a detuned,
and road-legal version of the competition engine found in Honda's
RC213V MotoGP bike. The 999 cc V-4 four-stroke engine produces 215
horsepower @ 13,000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque @ 10,500 rpm. The engine
redlines at an incredible 14,000 rpm. Power is transmitted to the
rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
|Engine / Drivetrain
||1.0 litre V-4 engine