The winner of an in-house design competition, Project 2&4 is not a motorcycle put it is powered by a potent motorcycle engine – the RC213V competition motor. A 999cc V-4 with 213 hp placed midship ought to be enough to power this 405 kg street legal design prototype to interesting levels of performance. The design was generated by the motorcycle department at Honda which is perhaps why the seat is “floating” above the road and there is not even a hint of a roof or windshield.
According to Honda:
Over 80 designers and creators participated in the in-house ‘Global Design Project’ competition, which is part of Honda’s initiative to inspire creativity as one ‘Team Honda’.The objective of the annual contest between Honda design studios is to challenge team and project members to share one goal and achieve high targets.Honda Project 2&4 is an example of what this stimulating challenge can generate thanks to the differing qualities of each participant. Conceived by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka and designed in collaboration with the automobile design studio in Wako, Honda Project 2&4 seeks to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car. The result not only showcases the creativity flowing through Honda’s design studios, but also challenges expectations of the future of mobility.