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Honda Civic SI Prototype

Unveiling of Sporty Honda Civic Si Prototype Completes 10th Generation Civic Line-up

• 2017 Civic Si will be fastest, most powerful Si yet
• Si Coupe and Si Sedan joining 10th-generation Civic lineup in 2017
• Active steering, active suspension, limited-slip differential
  and high-performance tires among Si performance upgrades
• All models to feature short-shifting 6-speed manual

Nov. 15, 2016 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Honda Civic Si Prototype made its global debut today, giving Honda enthusiasts a good look at the design and performance direction for the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan, both launching next year. The Civic Si Prototype will be on display at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show where it will be joined by its Civic Sedan, Coupe and Hatchback siblings, plus the radical Civic Type-R Prototype, providing the first public opportunity to see all five Civic variants. This will also be the first time the Type-R interior will be shown.

The shimmering Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype features a full Honda Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit, including front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, plus a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher and 19-inch 235/35Y high-performance tires mounted on HFP 19 x 8J 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC) mated to a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Additional performance upgrades for the Si variants will include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires.

“With the new Honda Civic Si, we’re injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda. “This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers.”

The Civic Si Prototype interior closely previews the production model and features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos. The red sport stitching carries through to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.

The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will launch next year as the latest additions to the 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and just-launched Civic Hatchback. The rollout of the 10th-gen Civic lineup will be completed with the launch of the new track-ready Civic Type-R next year.

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The Honda Civic Type R Prototype

Carbon fiber diffusers, aggressive front grille and an aluminum-effect finish. This is a spectacle you don’t want to miss.

Radical New Honda Civic Type R Prototype Debuts in Paris; Making its North American Debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

• New Civic Type R Prototype unveiled at 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile
  in Paris
• First-ever Honda-badged Type R coming to Canada
• Features wide, aggressive fascias, extended wheel arches and
  dramatic rear wing
• Bespoke “brushed aluminium” wrap provides eye-catching finish

Markham, Ont., September 29, 2016 – Fresh on the heels of the sales launch of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, the next-generation Civic Type R had its global debut in prototype form today at the 2016 Paris auto show. The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4, 2016, marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in North America.

The Civic Type R Prototype offers insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will be officially unveiled in 2017, joining the 10th Generation Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe and newly released Civic Hatchback, with the Civic Si variants also launching next year.

“We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we’re delivering on that promise with each new Civic,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of the Honda Canada Inc. “For the first time ever in Canada, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R.”

Based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda’s iconic red “H” badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires. A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.

The next generation Civic Type R was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. The 2017 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.

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Honda Project 2&4 concept (2015): as minimal as a car can be?

Looks like someone in Honda’s design department might have taken that memo about downsizing a little too seriously. This is the Project 2&4 concept, a ‘cabinless’ sports car that Honda says combines ‘the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car’ – hence the name.

Project 2&4: motorcyling on four wheels 

The Project 2&4 concept is the winner of an internal design competition Honda set within its worldwide studios, involving 80 engineers and designers from both motorcycle and automotive studios. 

The winner was Martin Petersson from Honda’s Asaka motorcycle design centre – so it’s perhaps unsurprising to see a number of motorcycle design and engineering cues. The central aluminium backbone structure, for example, is similar to a motorbike frame, leaving the carbonfibre floor below to concentrate on aerodynamics and thus allow the 2&4 to do without any visible wings.

There’s also a central fuel tank and those are bike-spec Öhlins adjustable dampers you see at each corner, poking out between the gorgeously finished double wishbone suspension. The brakes are bike-sized, too. With an exposed ‘floating’ driver’s seat, the 2&4 promises aims to recreate the open-to-the-elements thrills of riding a ’bike – with the added advantage that you can’t fall off.  

Single-seater? Nope. And it’s not necessarily left-hand drive, either…

The project is being shown as a single-seater, but don’t let that fool you. The fairing/hard tonneau on the opposite side is removable, as is a section of the floor; unbolt these items and the mounting point for a second seat are revealed. Now try finding a brave soul to fill it…

Since the steering and the paddleshifters are drive-by-wire (meaning there’s no physical connection, just an electronic link), you could conceivably switch from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, too. Although this would mean moving the adjustable pedal box…

Having the pedals adjust instead of the seat is another weight-saving measure, incidentally. The clear Perspex instrument panel doubles as a wind block. And don’t think the drive-by-wire is a joke; Honda has been experimenting with cars equipped with steering like this for years.

MotoGP power

Sticking with the motorcycle theme, the concept is powered by an engine borrowed from the road-going version of Honda’s current MotoGP bike, the RC213V. A 999cc V4, it features a rather fearsome 212bhp at a heady 13,000rpm (with a 14,000rpm redline). In the Project 2&4 it breathes through a custom pie-cut titanium exhaust system and drives the rar wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission – one of the elements borrowed from Honda’s car business. In the Project 2&4 it runs through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Given that the 2&4 weighs only 405kg, it’s hardly going to be slow…

Nor is it going to be cheap – should Honda deign to build the thing (here’s hoping, right?) – since the donor bike is set to cost £250k, and a large percentage of that price is surely invested in the engine. 

Putting price (and crash regulations…) to one side, it sounds like the Project 2&4 will be potent enough to take on the likes of Caterham’s 620R and the Ariel Atom. No-one’s talking official figures – it’s just a concept, after all – but suffice to say 0-62mph will surely be in the sub-3.0sec league. Top speed is less of a concern, for this is much more about the excitment of cornering with your backside suspended mere millimetres above the ground. Not to mention the wind rushing up your trouser legs.

Neat details on the concept include the gap in the back of the seat, which is there to make sure you feel the heat and vibration from that titanium exhaust, and the fact that the tyres have been made to look used. An affectation, perhaps – but a cute one.

As for that red and white livery, it's a nod to Honda's 1965 RA272 F1 car – neat timing given that October 2015 marks 50 years since its first Grand Prix win. Certainly better to look to the past than McLaren-Honda's 2015 season so far... 

Source: Carmagazine.co.uk

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Honda FCV Concept - 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Honda GEAR concept

Honda GEAR concept stuns media in Montreal
by Auto123.com

Honda Canada hosted the world premiere of the new GEAR Concept Study Model at the 2013 Montreal Auto Show. This subcompact car is aimed at hip, young, urban customers from Generation Y.

"Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they're fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer," said Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "GEAR Concept tears down those walls -- it's practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable."

Okay, but does it have a future? Honda did not comment on production plans, so we'll have to wait to find out.

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Honda FCEV Concept

Honda FCEV Concept Makes World Debut at Los Angeles International Auto Show

• Sleek and aerodynamic, 5-passenger Honda FCEV Concept expresses
potential styling direction for next-generation Honda fuel cell-electric vehicle
launching in 2015

• Next generation Honda FCEV promises significant gains in real-world
performance, cost reduction, efficiency, packaging and appeal, including
more than 480 km (300-mile) driving range

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 20, 2013) – The sleekly styled Honda FCEV Concept, made its world debut today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The concept expresses a potential styling direction for Honda’s next-generation fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.

Showcasing exciting and modern styling, the Honda FCEV Concept features sweeping character lines underscored by an ultra-aerodynamic body. The Honda FCEV Concept also delivers ample passenger space and seating for 5-passengers thanks to new powertrain packaging efficiencies.

Next Generation Honda Fuel Cell-Electric Vehicle

Honda’s next generation fuel cell-electric vehicle launching in 2015 will feature the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of FC technology to multiple vehicle types in the future.

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Honda Neowing

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The Honda Light Weight Super Sports Concept(below) is introduced as the next-generation sportbike.

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Honda RA-X

Honda RA-X is the latest concept sportscar inspired by the beginning of motorsport competition during the 60s and hence was named as RA similar with the first F1 cars in distinctive white and yellow colors. This two-seater concept car comprises MR engine and back transmission with a capacity of over 350 hp, while the position of the exhaust pipes positively reminds the RA300 F1. The design feature...s innovative smooth crossing lines in the surface that forms a theoretical X. The car’s engine can be seen through a glass and predominates at the back side of the engine vent with optical technology-led groups forming a triangular shape. The inlets are merged with optical groups on the front and the dimensions of the car are: length 4050 x height 1163 x 1940 Wide.

 
 

Honda EV-STER

The Honda EV-STER is a compact vehicle, measuring just 3.5 metres (140 inches) long, 1.5 metres (59 inches) wide and 1.1 metres (43 inches) high.
Powering the Honda EV-STER is an electric motor supplied by a 10kWh lithium-ion battery. But before you start to groan at the thought of yet another electric powered sports car concept which isn’t in the least bit sporty. Absorb the fact the EV-STER can ...hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5 seconds. The top speed is a bit less impressive at just 100 mph (160 km/h).

Part of the Honda EV-STER Concept’s secret is the fact its light. Honda have used carbon fiber throughout the car to keep the weight to a minimum – compensating for the extra weight of the battery. The lightweight construction also helps increase the car’s range, and on a full charge it can cover 100 miles (160 kilometres). The battery can be fully charged in less than 3 hours using a 200V connection, and in under 6 hours using a 100V source.
On the inside the Honda EV-STER features a futuristic interior with an A-symetric design. Unlike the rest of the black-trimmed interior, the driver’s seat is colored neon green and white. In addition, a conventional steering wheel has been ditched in favor of a dual lever setup. The instrument panel is split into three separate LCD screens, which allow the driver to monitor all the cars functions and customise the readouts.

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Honda Sport Car Air Concept

Honda has created the Air concept, an alternative transportation solutions for those with a hyperactive lifestyle. The company's designers took inspiration from roller coasters and skydiving wind suits, the Honda Sport Cars Air Concept is powered by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. This system ‘utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles’. To keep the car lightweight, all components are mounted directly to the chassis, eliminating unnecessary structures. With a chassis composed of vegetable-based polymer panels, Honda Sport Cars Air Concept weighs a mere 800 pounds and its reserve tanks can be filled via a gas station tire filler or a common off-the-shelf air compressor.
 

The Honda Sport Cars Air Concept’s cockpit and package is aimed at maximizing the open air experience. In order to save weight and increase performance, a hub-less wheel and drive system eliminates the use of heavy drive train components. Additional weight savings are achieved thanks to the glass reinforced seating panels, urethane tire composition and skeletal sub-frame components.
 

The main tanks and reserves can be filled quickly and safely using a simple generator / air compressor at home or a tire filler at the local filling station. At just under 800 lbs., the powerful anthem of pneumatic propulsion and a character unlike any zero-emission vehicle exemplifies Honda's concept of fun to drive. The pow[air] of dreams Honda Sport Cars Air Concept.


Overall design and look of Honda Sport Cars Air Concept paves way for futuristic cruiser cars that have the perfect combo of style, ride elation and most importantly zero-emission properties combined with ample power under the hood to set your heart beat racing.

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Honda Micro

Honda Motors has unveiled their all new electric small car which will be fit enough to accommodate just 3 people, including driver. The dimensions of the new Honda Micro Commuter Concept car are 2,500 mm X 1,250 mm X 1,430 mm (L X B X H). Honda three seater electric car is powered by a 16.7 kW electric motor generating a maximum of 22 bhp. The power comes from a 3.3 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Honda has developed this mini electric car especially for the urban crowd where commuting is a hassle. Thanks to the growing number of cars in cities these days, driving is no longer a fun activity during peak hours. On the other hand there are concerns over CO2 emissions. Keeping all these factors in mind, Honda has designed the new Micro Computer Concept. Honda Micro Computer Concept has a top speed of 60 kmph and accelerates from 0-60 kmph in just 7.4 seconds. The battery of Honda MCC takes only 30 minutes for a full charge and has a range of 60 kms.To make the small electric car even more exciting, Honda has developed the car in such a way that owners can customize interiors and exteriors to their liking. You can also remove the battery of this car and use it to power other electrical appliances!

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Honda EV-N

It is a retro-styled battery powered car with a face of a Pug puppy, crossed with a Trabant and smart concept-y features like swappable seat fabric, a sun-roof, and a “communications system” embedded in the black front fascia. Most importantly, however, that EV-N’s passenger door contains one of these bizarre kickass UX-3 super gyroscopic robotic unicycles, which basically makes EV-N the coo...lest electric car of all time.
 

Inside, there is what you would expect from a concept car – nothing revolutionary or Ikea-like here more than a similar Haworth swappable seat fabric system and oh, yes, room for one of those odd appearance U3-X robo-unicycles in EV–N ‘s passenger-side door.
Outside there is a sun-roof, and a form of a color-changing “message” embedded in the black front fascia that night doing the little Cooper-like Honda concept looks positively creepy.

Not surprisingly, Honda EV-N is a pure styling exercise, and Honda designed the car with no plans to put the vehicle into production.

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Misc. Pictures

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