Honda Project 2&4 Makes North American Debut at LA Auto Show
Collaboration between those working on two-wheeled performance machines and those working on four-wheeled vehicles sounds as if it could be, well, a little unbalanced.
Not so, says Honda, whose motorcycle and automobile engineering teams joined forces in creative craftsmanship to produce the Honda Project 2&4.
The Project 2&4, which was made with the collaboration of automotive and motorcycle design centers in Japan, had its North American debut today at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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The unusual vehicle already earned some admirers when it debuted at the 66th annual Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and now it is impressing a US audience with its power to weight ratio of 4.2 pounds per horsepower that rivals the ratio of supercars.
It gets there with a lightweight four-wheel performance chassis and body modeled from 1965’s Honda RA272 Formula One racecar. From the motorcycle side of things comes the engine, a Motorcycle MotoGP competition 999 cc V-4 unit that revs to 14,000 rpm. The power plant delivers a peak 212 horsepower at 13,000 rpm
Winner of the 2015 Honda Global Design Project, the Project 2&4 looks like a go-kart, with the emphasis on the word “Go.” It’s light, minimalist, and looks as if it could handle corners and turn heads.