Honda reveal MotoGP powered four-wheeler
While it may not be a motorcycle, the Honda Project 2&4 car is about as close as it gets, boasting light weight, minimalist bodywork, and the engine from an RC213V-S; Honda’s road-going MotoGP bike.
Set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show (September 17-27), the Project is a celebration of design providing “the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car” hence the name 2&4, linking the concept to both car and motorbike worlds.
Honda’s RA272 Formula One car of 1965 inspired the design, with the engine and bodywork made to be very compact. It’s 3040mm long, 1820mm wide and overall height is just shy of a metre at 995mm, while the mid-mounted engine offer optimum handling balance.
The motor from the new RC213V-S road bike – which will get its world launch next week – produces 212bhp at 13,000rpm and 87ftlb of torque at 10,500rpm, move than enough to fling the 405kg Project 2&4 around with entertaining levels of performance. Sadly it’s only a concept, so don’t expect to be getting one for Christmas.