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Old 09-18-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
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Honda's RC213V-Powered Project 2&4 Shown at Frankfurt Motor Show

At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, Honda has shown Project 2&4, a car powered by a V-4 engine from Honda's MotoGP racer, the RC213V. The project is a winning entry from Honda's Global Design Project, an in-house competition involving more than 80 designers and creators that is held annually. The car's body design and engine position have been inspired by the RA272, a Honda Formula 1 Grand Prix car from 1965 that featured a V-12 engine, with a mid-mounted engine. According to Honda, the 2&4 weighs less than 900 pounds. "Specially tuned for the public road," the 999cc RC213V engine has a peak of 215 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, and has a six-speed DCT gearbox.

The full text of Honda's press information follows:

Winner of Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’ combines the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will witness the global premiere of ‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’. A winner of the global design competition run by Honda between its global design studios, Honda Project 2&4 represents the company’s drive to inspire and reward creative thinking.

Embodying Honda’s concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 was designed through a collaboration between Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and Honda’s automobile design centre in Wako, Japan. Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience.

Embodying the concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 celebrates Honda’s position as the world’s leading engine manufacturer, providing engines to 28 million people per year across twoand fourwheel automotive, power equipment, marine and aerospace applications.

An example of the continuous effort to create an evermore immersive driving experience, Honda Project 2&4 brings together the brand’s unique capabilities in twoand fourwheel mobility. Featuring the RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which has been modified to run on public roads, the Honda Project 2&4 provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.

Its exceptional engine, a 999 cc V4 four-stroke unit, was originally developed for the world-class MotoGP motorcycle racing series and has been specially tuned for the public road. The engine conforms to Honda’s ‘The Power of Dreams’ guiding philosophy that inspires innovation and originality. With a 14,000 rpm red line, the unit is mated to a six-speed DCT gearbox and delivers peak power of 215 PS at 13,000 rpm, and peak torque of 118 Nm at 10,500 rpm.

Drawing on Honda’s racing heritage, the body design and engine position have been inspired by the legendary Honda RA272 of 1965. The structure reveals the core frame and functional components of the car, much as would be more customary for a motorcycle, and is similarly compact. Overall length is3,040 mm, width1,820 mmand height995 mm. A weight of just405 kgmaximises the power of the midmounted engine which, together with the low centre of gravity, ensures an exceptionally high level of responsiveness.

The exhilarating feeling created from the open cockpit is significantly enhanced by the driver’s seat, uniquely suspended just above the road. The ‘floating seat’ design places the driver as close to the action as possible, evoking the freedom of a bike and completing the immersion provided by Honda Project 2&4’s extreme performance and unique engineering.

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