FIRST LOOK: Honda’s MotoGP-Powered Car!

Lightweight Project 2&4, powered by Honda’s RC213V MotoGP engine, will appear at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Project 2&4 concept car

Imagine a super lightweight open-cockpit car powered by a screaming 999cc MotoGP engine. Well, that's exactly what the new Honda Project 2&4 is, and today we learned a few details about this this 893-lb. machine, which will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.

Styled to look like Honda’s classic RA272 Formula 1 car (which won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, driven by American Richie Ginther), Project 2&4 was conceived by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and designed in collaboration with the automobile design studio in Wako. The goal was simple: “to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car.”

Details are scant at this time, but this much we know: The four-stroke 999cc V-4 is specially tuned for the public road, and Honda claims it puts out over 215 PS (approximately 212 hp) at 13,000 rpm, along with over 118 Nm (87 pound-feet) of peak torque at 10,500 rpm. Transmission is via a six speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

What’s more, overall length of the mid-engine Honda Project 2&4 is 119.7 inches, nearly three feet shorter than a 2016 Miata. But with a width of 71.7 in., Project 2&4 is 3.6 inches wider than that Mazda, and only about two inches narrower than a C7 Corvette. The center of gravity is also said to be very low, complemented by a “floating” seat that places the driver “as close to the action as possible.”

A little background: Project 2&4 is the winning vehicle in the company’s Global Design Project, an annual contest between Honda design studios that challenges team and project members to share one goal and achieve high targets.

Does this lightweight single-seat corner carver challenge expectations for the future of mobility, as Honda suggests? It certainly does. And it points to a future we quite like.

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Project 2&4 concept car.Honda Photo

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Project 2&4 concept car.Honda Photo

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Project 2&4 concept car.Honda Photo