Honda has teased a couple of strange race vehicles forward of the 2021 Tokyo Automobile Salon. Honda says it required to develop opposition equipment with a “amusing” topic. The thought can be defined as “silly suggestions taken severely,” but something could possibly be lost in the translation on Honda’s website, which reassures us, “It is really okay to be stupid. Why not try it for real?”
With that mission assertion in position, Honda’s to start with work is the e-Drag, a Honda e repurposed for drag racing. “Electric powered vehicles aren’t just for currently being environmentally friendly and thoroughly clean!” the site states. An accompanying illustration shows the Honda e with its two front wheels in the air, paired with alternatively substantial tires on the rear wheels. Presumably, a much more highly effective motor (potentially several motors?) than its inventory 152-horsepower unit will have to be swapped in, together with stiffer suspension elements.
According to a rendering, several of its system panels, which includes the roof and doorways, will be produced of carbon fiber. The hood, grille, front bumper and front fenders grow to be a one-piece carbon fiber nosecone. Evidently, Honda intends to harness the electrical power of an electric motor’s quick torque to switch its town motor vehicle into, probably, a literal amusing motor vehicle.
Subsequent up is the K-Climb, a Honda N-1 RS hill climb racer. The next era of the retro kei motor vehicle inspired by the 1967 Honda N360 was released with a handbook transmission in November, bolstering its enthusiast bona-fides. This one particular is fewer of a extend, as Honda has been sponsoring a spec racing sequence featuring frivolously modified N-Types for a number of decades.
The modifications are fewer intensive than the e-Drag’s. A carbon-fiber hood and fender flares at just about every wheel assist decrease fat though enabling for broader wheels. It is really not known regardless of whether there will be much more upgrades under the hood.
Honda ideas to truly enter these vehicles in racing activities in March, so these aren’t just flights of extravagant. It is really even allowing supporters vote on the coloration of the livery when they make their opposition debuts.
It is really refreshing to see a carmaker have a little bit of enjoyment with motor vehicle demonstrate builds. In addition to the overlanding Fit and Airstream-inspired N-Box food items truck, Honda’s presentation should really be one particular of the much more interesting ones at the digital Tokyo Automobile Salon when it kicks off Jan. fifteen.