HONDA engines that rev are nothing new, but faster than you can say ‘VTEC’ this Project 2&4 concept will spin up 118Nm at 10,500rpm on its way to making 158kW at 13,000rpm, just 1000rpm behind redline.
For what appears to be a coolwhite single-seat Japanese Caterham, Honda is celebrating its enginemanufacturing heritage by adapting its 999cc V4 four-stroker used in MotoGP racing for road use.
Are we witnessing the awakening of Honda from a long hybrid slumber?
“An example of the continuous effort by Honda to design an evermore immersive driving experience, Project 2&4 brings together the brand’s unique capabilities in twoand four-wheel mobility,” the brand says in a statement.
“Honda Project 2&4 provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car. [It] inspires innovation and originality.”
The Honda Project 2&4 concept even has a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which should push the three-metre-long, 404kg open-top unit along quite nicely. The result is “extreme” performance, according to the marque.
Honda annually throws its designers and engineers into a ‘global design project’ competition with the aim of challenging different teams to create something fresh. Clearly there is still blood pumping through the arteries of the Wako car design and Asaka motorcycle design studios that collaborated on this winning Project 2&4 entry.
We imagine Honda would need to swap out the highly-strung midmounted motorbike engine for production, but whatever it does: this super cool single-seater is the sportscar the brand needs to produce. Now! What a proper Honda re-awakening and fine complement to the Civic Type-R and NSX.