Honda has created a mutant offspring of motorcycle and street legal Formula One car from the 1960s. The Honda Project 2&4 has been revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
In Japan, motorcycles and cars are often referred to as simply “2-wheelers” or “4-wheelers”. Honda is one of the few manufacturers that not only builds both, bus has dominated the highest echelons of motorsport with both forms. Recently, in an effort to get its two divisions to collaborate more, Honda held an internal design competition across its global studios. The winning design came from a joint effort between its Asaka motorcycle studio and the automobile studio in Wako.
The result was the Project 2&4, a 14,000 rpm railgun bullet with a steering wheel. Powered by a one-liter V4 from a Honda RC213V MotoGP race bike, it spits out 212 horsepower and 87 foot-pounds of torque, all in a package that, at 893 pounds, weighs less than a Subaru 360. Oh yeah, and you control everything from a cantilevered racing seat floating inches above the blurring pavement.
Design inspiration was taken from the 1965 Honda RA272 Formula One car. Honda wanted the core frame and suspension to be exposed, just like its original Grand Prix winner. Like the Project 2&4, it was little more than a chair, fuselage, and massive motor.
In recent years, many enthusiasts have become jaded towards Honda, thanks to a lineup of cars that seems insufferably distant from its performance glory days. Then they come out with something like this and we come running back into their arms. Does the insane 2&4 point to a glimmer of hope that Honda is still interested in stirring enthusiasts’ souls? We can only hope.