Honda’s two-wheel and four-wheel racing roots come together in Project 2&4, a conceptual racer that combines the look and handling of an open-wheel race car with the open feel and high-revving heart of a racing bike.
Project 2&4 is powered by Honda’s RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which we’ve already seen in action in the RC213V-S sport bike. This is a MotoGP motorcycle racing engine that’s been modified to run on public roads. The 2&4’s 999cc, four-stroke V-4 boasts a screaming 14,000rpm redline and makes its peak 212 horsepower (215 PS) at an only slightly less lofty 13,000rpm. The engine’s 87 pound-feet of torque (118 Nm) is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed DCT transmission.
The concept wraps that engine in a lightweight, compact chassis that resembles an open-wheel race car or oversize go-kart. Project 2&4 weighs a scant 893 pounds (405 kg) and has an extremely low center of mass. The overall footprint is 10 feet long (3,040mm) by 6 feet wide (1,820mm), giving the concept a wide, planted look.
One of the most interesting bits of Project 2&4’s design is its “floating seat” cockpit design, which suspends the driver’s seat (the only seat) just inches above the asphalt. This open configuration is designed to combine the feel and freedom of driving a motorcycle with the grip and characteristics of a low-slung race car. More importantly, it looks amazing.
We’ll be taking a closer look at the insane Project 2&4 when it makes an official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next week.