The Honda Project 2&4 has most gearheads’ ears perked, as we are all typically intrigued by these lightweight track monsters. Today, just a few days ahead of its official debut in Frankfurt, Honda has revealed bits and pieces of its part motorcycle, part open-wheel race car to us.
As you can see from the images, this concept features all the goodness expected of a proper track car. It has a minimalist design that includes only small bits of body work, semi-open wheels, no windshield, and a tiny footprint. Speaking of its stature, the Project 2&4 is only 3,040 mm (119.7 inches) long, 1,820 mm (71.7 inches) wide, and 995 mm (39.2 inches) tall. Thanks to its petite dimensions, this racer tips the scales at just 405 kg (893 pounds).
Due to its low weight, the 2&4 does not require an overly powerful engine, so Honda resorted to fitting its RC213V competition motorcycle engine in this rig. This mid-mounted engine is a 999 cc V-4 that produces 215 PS (212 horsepower) at 13,000 rpm and more than 118 Nm (87 pound-feet) of torque at 10,500 rpm. While the horsepower is plenty for a vehicle this small, the torque seems a little on the low side.
The engine mates to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox that delivers power to the rear wheels.
The cabin of the 2&4 is understandably simple. In the images, it shows a single “floating” driver’s seat and a racing steering wheel. It looks as if there is a removable cover on the passenger side that would allow you to add in an optional passenger seat. Unfortunately, Honda didn’t mention anything about there being an option to take a passenger along for a ride.
For now, it seems as if the Project 2&4 will remain just a concept, but I could see a day when Honda decides to release this as a production model. It would need a few minor safety tweaks, but it is possible.
Stay tuned for more info.