5 REASONS HONDA HAS TO BUILD THE PROJECT 2&4 CONCEPT, NOW
Half sports car, half MotoGP superbike, and coolest Honda since Ayrton’s NSX. Watch out, Ariel Atom
1 It brought the Frankfurt show to a standstill
For something so compact, the 2&4 sure caused big waves at the sausage-fan’s motor show of choice. Honda’s 80 brightest sparks were given a MotoGP engine, four wheels and told to go away and dream. This is the fizz-inducing result. Eventual winner, Martin Petersson, is a bike designer by trade, hence the fusion of two worlds.
2 It has the powerto-weight ratio of a Veyron
When 212hp has just 405kg to push along, it doesn’t hang about. No official performance figures exist, but with a soaring 523hp per ton, it’s on a par with the original Veyron. Enough to comfortably dust the Jazz Hybrid, then.
It’s practical, sort of...
Tricky to justify to your spouse as the sole family runaround, sure, but hear us out. Beneath the Honda-emblazoned cover on the right of the car is a pair of runners ready to receive a second seat—a feature that the designer himself claimed would be useful when it comes to converting the car from left- to right-hand drive. That’s what we like to hear, Honda, already troubleshooting for putting it into full production. Come on, if Caterham can do it in a shed in Dartford, UK, surely you have the ways and means?
4 It revs to 14,000rpm
Ah yes, the engine. It likes to rev. Quite a lot. The 999cc V4 produces its peak power of 212hp at a dizzy 13,000rpm, with the red line arriving a mere 1,000rpm later, so you’d better have your wits about you. Known as the RC213V in MotoGP circles, the engine alone costs around P10.7 million. Not cheap, but we can only imagine the nape-prickling thrill of pinning it to the limiter. The bad news is that while every component on the show car is real, they’re not properly plumbed in yet. “There will be a next step; it’s been too positive for us not to,” says Petersson. “The question is what that next step is.” We’ll help you out there, Martin—finish it immediately and deliver it to us. Cheers.
5 It takes minimalist interiors to a whole new level
Using a bike-style backbone structure means the seat doesn’t sit at all—it hangs off the central spine, leaving drivers dangling in mid-air picking flies from their teeth. Digital headup display doubles as a wind-deflector, while the button-strewn wheel keeps thumbs busy. Overall design inspiration is from the achingly pretty 1965 RA272 F1 car, but materials and wonderfully precise build quality are bang up to date.