Honda makes cars and Honda makes bikes. It makes a whole lot of other things, too, but those are the two areas of expertise that have given rise to the thoroughly enticing Project 2&4 concept. It’s one of the smallest vehicles unveiled here at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but also among the most enticing.
The result of a global in-house design competition, Project 2&4 was envisioned by the company’s motorcycle studio in Asaka and brought to fruition with help from the automotive studio in Wako. It’s powered by the 1.0-liter V4 engine Honda developed for MotoGP competition, driving 212 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. With less than 900 pounds to motivate, that adds up to blistering performance of the kind we’d give most anything to experience firsthand.
The 14,000-rpm redline would be enough to make our heart sing all on its own, but the novelty of Project 2&4 is its design. As you can see, it hands the driver’s seat and controls off the side, with room for a hold-on-for-dear-life passenger seat on the other side. The neo-retro styling is inspired by the company’s RA272 grand prix racer from the Sixties, but gives up on the center driving position for an altogether more original configuration. The result looks ready to take on the likes of the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono… to say nothing of the curbs of Suzuka and Fuji. If only Honda were (able) to put it into production.
Honda Project 2&4 is our kind of sidecar sideshow [w/video]