HONDA PROJECT 2&4 POWERED BY RC213V TO DEBUT AT FRANKFURT: A COMBINATION OF GLOBAL CREATIVITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

Building motorcycle technology into cars is something many companies have been experimenting for ages. The most famous example, of course, is the Ariel Atom – which paired bike-inspired construction with a screaming 2.0 litre engine from the FN2 Honda Civic Type R – but we’ve also seen plenty others like the Ducati-engined Volkswagen XL Sport.

Now, Honda itself has thrown its hat into the ring with its new Honda Project 2&4 concept, which will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The result of the company’s in-house “Global Design Project” competition, it’s a diminutive little machine – measuring 3,040 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and just 995 mm tall, with a weight of just 405 kg.

HONDA PROJECT 2&4 POWERED BY RC213V TO DEBUT AT FRANKFURT: A COMBINATION OF GLOBAL CREATIVITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

The latter is just as well, because power comes from a 999 cc V4 engine from Honda’s MotoGP challenger, the RC213V, albeit tuned for public roads (it’s likely the mill from the production RC213V-S). It produces over 215 PS at a staggering 13,000 rpm (rev limit 14,000 rpm) and over 118 Nm at 10,500 rpm, all sent through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Taking cues from the race-winning RA272 Formula One racer from 1965, the styling of the Project 2&4 is minimalism at its best – sparse fairings revealing the core frame and functional components beneath, much like a bike. It’s a strict one-seater, with a “floating seat” design completely exposing the driver to the elements – Honda says it evokes “the freedom of a bike.” No good for side impacts, but a thrilling ride for sure.