Honda FC Sport

By definition concept cars are meant to be impressive examples of cutting-edge automobile design that challenge established boundaries in the quest to discover the next step forward. As such, they often grab centre stage at motor shows — none more so than the bizarre Honda FC Sport that became an instant star of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This fascinating study in contrasting black and white was more of a design concept than a concept car, as it was not a fully finished driveable vehicle. However, it definitely met the requirement to challenge boundaries, because the FC Sport demonstrated what the first Honda green sports car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell might look like.

Thus it was styled around the drivetrain of the Honda FCX Clarity, Honda’s fuel-cell saloon car prototype that went on limited trial in 2008.

The funky FC Sport looked like a car of the future, and was deliberately styled to show the possibilities created by the flexible alternative propulsion unit. It had a slanting front end occupied by twin air-scoop apertures that doubled as a front spoiler.

Between and above them was a dramatic black shape that resembled nothing so much as a bull’s head with elongated horns. The black-tinted cabin glass stretched from front to back, with the rear section revealing a tantalizing glimpse of a fuel-cell stack, electric motor and battery pack occupying the space normally reserved for a powerful petrol engine in the typical mid-engined supercar.

Inside, the cabin was laid out using the McLaren F1’s three-seater configuration, with one passenger seat set back on each side of a central driver’s station. In an increasingly used system, the whole cockpit canopy hinges upwards from the rear to permit access. Will there ever be a Ferrari like the Honda FC Sport? Probably not.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Japan

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

2008

ENGINE:

None (dummy electric motor with fuel cell and batteries)

PERFORMANCE:

N/A

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The Honda FC Sport was actually designed at the company’s Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena, California – helping to cement Honda’s commitment to and leadership in developing eco-friendly automotive technologies of the future.

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