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Honda Project 2&4 had a 4-wheeled body and a 2-wheeled soul

Honda's Project 2&4 was an open-wheel race car with the heart of a MotoGP competition bike.

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There's not much to the Honda Project 2&4. The open-wheel racer concept was the most bare-bones debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Imagine a car that's 3 feet shorter than a Honda Fit from nose to tail and as wide as a Honda Accord, but where the driver sits at eye level with these cars' license plates.

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The result of an in-house design contest that included both the automotive and motorsports divisions, Project 2&4 was half car, half motorcycle and all amazing.

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At each corner, 17-inch alloy wheels of a 20-spoke design are shod in race-ready Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires. The car was so light (893 pounds) and low that 215-millimeter-wide treads would've offered plenty of grip.

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The project's suspension was also simple: a double-wishbone setup at each corner with a set of Öhlins coilovers controlling the movement.

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What made Project 2&4 unique is its "floating seat" design, which suspended the driver just inches above the asphalt.

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The non-cockpit blended the open feel of piloting a motorcycle with the driving character and controls of a car.

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The instrumentation was the most conceptual part of this concept car.

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Rather than a traditional gauge cluster, the Project used a pico projector to cast a digital head-up display onto a piece of two-way mirror.

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I could barely read the gauges indoors, so I'm convinced they'd be unreadable in direct sunlight. Still, the idea looks cool enough and probably doesn't weigh much.

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The driver controlled the vehicle with a flattened racing steering wheel and paddle shifters.

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There were only two pedals in the box, because the concept's six-speed dual-clutch transmission didn't need a clutch pedal.

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Somewhere between the rear wheels, the RC213V engine would've screamed. This was the same engine you'll find in Honda's MotoGP racing bike of the same name.

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Output was earmarked to peak at a stated 212 horsepower and just 87 pound-feet of torque.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this outstanding concept.

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