Honda open-wheeled concept demonstrates 'floating' driver's seat
TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. will debut an open-wheeled sporty vehicle that features a dangling roof-less "floating" driver's seat and "creative craftsmanship" at this month's Frankfurt motor show.
The car is the victor of Honda's International Design Job. It's a mouthful of a title: The "Honda Job 2&4 energy by RC213V."
The job is a design activity intended to celebrate Honda's abundant tradition as a manufacturer of two wheeled bikes and four wheeled passenger automobiles. The Frankfurt car gets four-wheels but is run by Honda's RDC213V bike engine.
It had been inspired by Honda's RA272 Formula One racer from 1965, a rocket-shaped auto that helped set the Japanese manufacturer on the map.
The theory's strong MotoGP 999cc V4 four stroke motor was changed to run-on public streets, Honda said in a statement late Tuesday.
Its gear box is a six-speed dual clutch transmission.
More than 80 designers competed in this year's inhouse competitors -- an yearly contest between Honda's style studios.
This year's winning entry was a cooperation between two bike and car design studios in Japan.
Honda stated the fantastic racer showcases "the constant effort by Honda to to create an evermore immersive driving experience."
Its open air bucket-seat cradles the motorist on the car's left hand side, while wraparound cladding types an aerodynamic shield throughout the remaining ride. Underneath, there's an open air design to allow to get a rush of excitement.
"The 'floating seat' layout puts the motorist as near the activity as you possibly can," Honda stated. "Honda Task 2&4 seeks to produce an extreme driving experience by combining the most thrilling aspects of riding a bike using the most participating features of driving a car."
Weighing in at only 405 kilograms (893 lbs), the Task 2&4 gets a mid-mounted motor for a low center of gravity and responsive handling -- just like the first RA272.
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