The third largest Japanese automaker is also an accomplished motorcycle manufacturer and now plans to mix the two worlds in what it has called Project 2&4. The latest info showcases the engine to be used – the RC213V racing mill from the MotoGP series.
The idea behind the project seems to be to have a smallish, open-top, race-ready four wheeler that employs a proven race bike engine – it’s not entirely new but we can hardly see any issues in Honda having a go at it. There is also no much information go on with so we’re also not very sure what Honda has in mind – they will use it as a technological prototype, deliver a street production version, use it in motorsport, etc. The truth is that in recent years this interesting segment is also becoming increasingly crowded – and we have numerous contraptions of open-top vehicles equipped with powerful engines and low weight to deliver lots of thrills.
“Embodying Honda’s concept of ‘creative craftsmanship,’ Honda Project 2&4 was designed together by Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and by Honda’s automobile design centre in Wako, Japan. The Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience,” comments the company in a mysterious and very small press release.
Honda is also keeping mum on the engine itself – they have two versions, the RC213V they use in the MotoGP and they also have the RC213V-S that is used for the street-legal motorcycle. And even the power is a question, because it varies between the standard 159 hp and the 215 hp offered by the racing kit.