Half bike, half car: the radical Honda Project 2&4 single-seater

Extreme Honda track car revealed in Frankfurt - it features a 210bhp competition motorcycle engine

Honda has taken the wraps off its radical Project 2&4 concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The single-seater is a collaboration between the brand’s motorcycle and automobile design studios, and is intended to combine the open-riding sensations of a motorbike with the manoeuvrability of a car.

It does without all but the essentials, and the body design and mid-mounted engine are a nod to Honda’s 1965 Formula One entry – the first Japanese car to win a grand prix.

As the concept tips the scales at 405kg, it can make the most of the company’s RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which has been modified from its usual MotoGP duties to run on public roads.

Best track day cars

The 999cc V4 four-stroke unit has been paired with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and develops 210bhp at 13,000rpm. Peak torque of more than 118Nm is delivered at 10,500rpm.

Although performance figures have yet to be released, the 2&4 has been engineered for a highly responsive driving experience. It has a low centre of gravity and stands just under a metre tall.

The open-style cockpit with a ‘floating seat’, suspended just above the road, is designed to give drivers an immersive experience – similar to the freedom of riding a motorbike. A hovering, transparent head-up display, as you’d see in fighter jet cockpits, also provides key information without distracting drivers from the road.

Honda says more than 80 designers and creators took part in its in-house ‘Global Design Project’ competition to bring the 2&4 to fruition.

Now read our round-up of all the latest news from the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015.

Fast Hondas Special

Recommended

‘Honda and Volkswagen disagree on whether new cars should be global or regional’
Opinion - Honda SpaceHub
Opinion

‘Honda and Volkswagen disagree on whether new cars should be global or regional’

While Honda is looking to reduce its global line-up, Volkswagen believes different car designs are needed for each region
17 Jan 2024
Honda car production returning to Europe “a possibility”, says CEO
Honda badge
News

Honda car production returning to Europe “a possibility”, says CEO

Honda production could return to Europe just a few years after its Swindon factory closed its doors
11 Jan 2024
Honda 0 Series next steps: sports car, affordable EV and SUVs planned
Honda Saloon concept - front
News

Honda 0 Series next steps: sports car, affordable EV and SUVs planned

Honda has big plans for its range of 0 Series EVs, with a sports car and multiple SUVs in the pipeline
10 Jan 2024
Radical Honda Space-hub and Saloon concepts hint at future electric cars
Honda Saloon concept CES - front
News

Radical Honda Space-hub and Saloon concepts hint at future electric cars

Saloon and Space-hub concepts hint at future of Honda EVs, targeting smaller, more efficient batteries and ultra-rapid charging
9 Jan 2024

Most Popular

New Renault 5 leaked: pictures surface online ahead of Monday's Geneva Motor Show reveal
renault 5 teaser
News

New Renault 5 leaked: pictures surface online ahead of Monday's Geneva Motor Show reveal

The long-awaited all-electric reboot of the iconic Renault 5 will be fully unveiled on 26 February 2024
24 Feb 2024
New MG3 hopes to disrupt the Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa’s supermini dominance
MG3 on Geneva Motor Show stand - front
News

New MG3 hopes to disrupt the Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa’s supermini dominance

New MG3 features the company’s first full-hybrid powertrain; pricing to be announced in March
26 Feb 2024
'Cheap SUVs are where the smart money's going in today's car market'
Opinion - Volkswagen T-Roc
Opinion

'Cheap SUVs are where the smart money's going in today's car market'

Mike Rutherford thinks sensibly priced SUVs are the natural successor to less spacious family hatchbacks
25 Feb 2024