The Honda HSC

With star appearances of Honda’s Tokyo Show Concept cars, the unveiling of a new production supercar and an invitation for people to get behind the wheel of the trend setting Civic IMA petrol-electric car, Honda is putting the "show" into Sunday Times Motor Show Live.

Recently the HSC was confirmed as the basis for Honda’s next generation supercar, the car to replace the fabled NSX. It is sure to be one of the major crowd pullers at Birmingham, pairing up in a joint British show debut with the high tech IMAS Eco coupe.

The appearance of both vehicles reflects the growing stature of the new Birmingham show, as well as Honda’s commitment to it.

HSC (High performance Sports Concept)

The HSC is a design study combining the ultimate in supercar performance with the interior comfort and handling finesse of a true thoroughbred. It features a lightweight body, a compact yet powerful engine and a racing-inspired interior.

The High-Performance Sports Concept features a lightweight 3.5-litre V-6 engine located midship for optimum balance and superior handling. Gear changing is accomplished through a unique dial shifter located on the centre console or an F-1 style paddle shifter located on the steering wheel.

The HSC features a 4-wheel double wishbone suspension with six-piston calliper Brembo disc brakes on each wheel. Five-spoke forged aluminium alloy racing wheels are shod with 245/35ZR19 tyres in front and 295/30ZR20 tyres in the rear.

The HSC body is composed of carbon fibre panels over an all-aluminium unit body frame. Short overhangs and a 104.7-inch wheelbase maximise handling and agility.

The cockpit is rounded and sleek for an aggressive look as well as increased visibility. A clear glass engine cover, located behind the cockpit, shows off the engine. The lower body boasts a low waistline, rectangular air intakes on both sides, curvaceous fenders, scissor-style doors and sharp lines that leave no doubt as to the concept’s sporty nature.

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Published : 21/04/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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