Honda Readying RC213V Powered Open Wheel Road Racer

Honda Readying RC213V Powered Open Wheel Road Racer
Honda Readying RC213V Powered Open Wheel Road Racer /

Honda teased an open wheel road racer concept that would fill in quite nicely between the Honda Civic Type R and the Acura NSX.

Critics of Honda hate to admit it, but Honda is definitely in the middle of a sports car renaissance of its own with the barn storming Civic Type R and the Acura NSX soon to follow. Our motoring friends over at Autocar.UK caught wind earlier today ( Aug. 25, 2015) that Honda has something special up its sleeve for the Frankfurt Motor Show codenamed “Project 2&4.” Word is Honda sent out a template for a design competition that would showcase the best designs from all of Honda’s design studios. The winner came from Honda’s motorcycle design firm in Asaka and its Car studio located in Wako.

2015.8.25 Honda
2015.8.25 Honda /

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Details are scarce at the moment, but from all the hints and clues, it’s manageable to piece together a vision of what this open wheel road racer is. Honda’s project name “2 & 4 is in reference to the fact that you’ll have the “freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car.” That means no cockpit but a car-based chassis. Sound familiar? (cough Ariel Atom cough.)

There was a byline that stated, “powered by RC213V” which is currently Honda’s fastest street legal bike that takes cues 100 percent from its Moto GP racer. How does close to 240 HP from a 1-liter engine with a rev limit of 14,000 RPM  in a car chassis sound like? Ya, that’s down right rad.

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2015.8.25 Honda 2 /

When it comes to how it looks, it’s as if Honda took inspiration directly from their F1 cars from the 60’s. The livery sure does. Autocar rendered a preview for us and it’s sleek, low to the ground and their’s a bit of aero all around. We’ll be chomping at the bit to get in the seat of this road racer when it’s officially revealed. The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off next month on the 27th.