Honda has unveiled a radical ultra-lightweight track focussed concept, set to make its public debut at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show.
As the name suggests, Project 2&4 melds aspects of Honda's car and motorcycle divisions to create a 158kW/118Nm screamer that weighs just 405kg.
At just 3040mm long (half a metre shorter than a Fiat 500) the 2&4's compact dimensions are made possible by its wild mechanical configuration, in which the driver sits next to the 999c V4 engine, lifted from Honda's RC213V MotoGP bike.
The open cockpit is intended to give the feeling of immersion provided by a motorbike, with only the four-point harness holding the driver in place.
The race-spec engine produces peak power at a dizzying 13,000rpm and delivers its 158kW to the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The resultant 390kW/tonne power-to-weight ratio promises vivid acceleration, however it's likely that should a production version of the 2&4 appear, the MotoGP engine will be swapped for a more street-friendly unit like the 131kW/112Nm 1.0-litre four from the CBR1000RR.
Despite Honda talking up the 2&4's road legality, it's extremely unlikely a road-going version will appear, however it proves that Honda still has a pulse.
With the new NSX suffering constant delays and its return to Formula 1 causing more harm than benefit to its image, Honda could do worse than to release a limited-run of the 2&4, if only to prove its capable of making something exciting again.