Honda Project 2&4 Concept Blurs the Lines Between Motorcycle and Car

A new concept from Honda centers around a marriage between motorcycle and car, the brainchild of a partnership between Honda’s motorcycle and automotive divisions. Set to debut at the Frankfurt auto show, the Honda Project 2&4, the concept features the same radical open-wheeled formula as the field of track-day specials like the Ariel Atom and the Caterham Seven.

Powering the hyper-lightweight rocket is a mid-mounted 1.0-liter V-4 motorcycle engine originally designed for MotoGP racing. This race-bred mill puts out over 212 hp at a screaming 13,000 rpm, with 87 lb-ft of torque twisting the tires at 10,500 rpm. It’s not as though the MotoGP powerplant has much to shuffle around, however, as the Honda Project 2&4 concept tips the scales at a featherweight 893 pounds. This is a result of both the exposed body work and its diminutive stature, with the 2&4 being only 119.7 inches long, 72.8 inches wide, and a miniscule 39.2 inches tall.

Honda Project 2 And 4 From Above

The open cockpit is slung to one side, with a strange floating seat design. The seat is offset to the left, unlike most open-wheeled contraptions, which traditionally slap the driver smack-dab in the center of the chassis for maximum weight distribution and unified center of gravity.

Looking at the wild 2&4, it’s not difficult to trace the genealogy through Honda’s history. Influences from the legendary 1965 Honda RA272 Formula One car can be found in both the shape and the livery of the Honda Project 2&4. Move forward to 1997, and parallels between the equally-as-stunning Honda Side-by-Side concept are immediately apparent.
While Honda has made a push to inject more fun-to-drive models into its lineup in recent times, including the stunning Acura NSX, the oft-rumored “baby NSX” sportscar, and the new Honda Civic Type R, there is next to no chance for the 2&4 to ever enter production.

The Honda Project 2&4 concept makes its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. For now, you can take a look at the wild ride in the gallery below.

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