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Honda unveil literal three-metre long pocket rocket — but will they make it?

9 September, 2015

If you haven’t heard yet, Honda is cool again. Inform your friends, your family, and your dog; it’s happening and it’s real — and their latest out-of-the-box conceptual creation does nothing but solidify the fact.

This rather incredible looking thing is called the Honda 2&4, christened as such due to its marriage of Honda’s technology and ethos from their combined bike and car divisions. While that might sound a little bit like awkward marketing mumbo jumbo, it’s actually quite accurate when you consider the tech underneath the 2&4’s lightweight exoskeleton.

It’s powered by Honda’s 999cc V4 power plant taken from their RC213V MotoGP motorcycle, which revs to an incomprehensible 14,000rpm. Factor in that the 2&4 tips the scales at a featherweight 405kg, and is a mere 3.04 metres long, and it’s clear to see that the Tic Tac on wheels should be capable of some incredible track antics.

Almost as intriguing as its technology is the 2&4’s looks and layout. Apart from looking a little bit like a BAC Mono that spent a few too many minutes in the dryer, the 2&4 most notably denies its driver a traditional cockpit — instead forcing them to suck in nature’s bug-ridden fresh air by bolting the seat bespokely to the side of the car.

The elephant in the room is the fact that such a vehicle, as it stands in all its Honda-rendered glory, would be highly unlikely to ever pass any safety regulations — especially any side-on impact tests, considering how exposed the driver is. But it’s still very cool to see a car manufacturer dream the occasional dream, and hopefully a few of the curious ideas and features from the 2&4 can make their way into a few production cars — though I doubt that the exposed driver’s seat will ever be one of them.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.