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Honda FC Sport Concept

By luanpa in | June 8, 2010 | (1) Comment

Honda FC Sport concept is an extremely exotic and forward thinking sports car, the design flexibility and potential of Honda’s V Flow fuel cell technology.

Honda keeps sending the idea of a fuel cell out there to the masses, like a canary in a coal mine. Another year, another dead bird. Honda launch of a new hydrogen-powered concept car shows that Honda intends to stay a player in the high-end sports car realm, even if the S2000 is gone. The Honda FC Sport explores how to satisfy automotive performance enthusiasts in a world beyond petroleum.

The Honda FC Sport was designed to accommodate a custom-formed high-power fuel cell stack, located between the rear seats, and a battery pack placed low in the middle of the vehicle. The electric motor resides just forward of the rear axle. Two fuel storage tanks, visible from above, are located above the rear axle. Rather than propel a practical family sedan as it does in the case of the FCX Clarity, the powertrain is being used in a lightweight sports car design with an ultra-low center of gravity, powerful electric motor performance and zero-emissions.

The optimal placement of fuel cell components for performance also allows for a relatively large passenger cabin by conventional supercar standards with enough space for three seating positions. The interior layout focuses primarily on the driver with a racecar-like center driving position. The enclosed canopy opens upward from the rear to allow for entry and exit. Two rear passenger seats flank the driver’s left and right side.

The Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, in Pasadena, California, developed the FC Sport design study with the primary objective of using existing fuel cell technology as the basis for an all-new sports car. Designer Jason Wilbur led the design efforts.

Configuration of the fuel cell stack is such that it is located between the two rear seats that flank driver’s position, while a battery pack sits low in the middle of the car. Electric motor is just ahead of the rear axle and the two fuel storage tanks just above it. The layout guarantees optimal weight distribution, a good passenger cabin (for a sports car) and an interior that focuses a lot on the center-placed driver.

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