Automakers these days find it difficult to keep details of even the most mundane of their auto show fodder under wraps before the curtains go up. So, it was pleasantly stunning that Honda was able to pull off such a feat with something as significant as its FC Sport design concept. Built to emphasize the design and packaging flexibility that can be found with Honda’s “V Flow” fuel cell technology – as seen in the FCX Clarity sedan – the FC applies the next generation powertrain to the needs of an environmentally conscious super-car.
Honda is especially pleased with the modular nature of its fuel cell powertrain, which is relatively easy to package for the optimum balance all sports cars strive for. The blocky silhouette is rendered in glacier white with a dramatically contrasting black greenhouse, completed with a huge set of dark copper, seven-spoke alloy wheels.
The FC Sport can be summed up like this: Imagine beating your best lap time while hearing nothing but the tires rubbing the tarmac and the quiet buzz of the high-torque electric motors. Picture a true no-holds-barred supercar with all the speed, handling and sleek looks of today’s fastest sports cars, yet without noise, heat, vibration and emissions of the internal-combustion engine. Built as a design study, the FC Sport demonstrates Honda’s vision for making environmentally responsible vehicles that are also fun o drive. The “FC” stands for “Fuel Cell” as in Hydrogen fuel cell – the same technology powering the FCX Clarity.
With a 3-seat, driver-centered cockpit, a fuel cell powerplant opens the door for unprecedented engineering flexibility, allowing for a lower center of gravity than any modern, piston-engined sports car. The FC Sport is symbolic of a future in which alternative fuel and zero emissions will rule the sports car world.