Honda’s FC Sport

Honda recently revealed the Honda FC Sport design study model, at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. This three-seat car concept represents an ultra-low center of gravity sports car design that utilizes green construction techniques and existing V Flow fuel cell technology, as it is hydrogen-powered. Honda’s innovative car concept demonstrates the green performance potential embedded in future sports cars.
Honda’s FC Sport utilizes the V Flow fuel cell technology already used in the Honda FCX Clarity sedan. The vehicle’s high-performance potential derives from the car’s electrically driven fuel cell powertrain and aerodynamic body. The majority of the vehicle mass is distributed between the axles, providing the FC Sport with a low center of gravity. The car’s rear geometric hex forms house cooling radiators for the fuel cell. High speed aerodynamics is enhanced by Formula 1-style barge boards located behind the front wheels.
Two fuel storage tanks are located above the rear axle, while the electric motor can be found in front of the rear axle. The FC Sport is configured 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 passenger cabin has enough space for three seating positions, including the driver who is located in the middle in a racecar-like driving position. The FC Sport’s contrast of white body color and deeply tinted glass convey a symbolic statement that reflects the combination of clean power with high performance. In addition, the car’s exterior panels are intended to use plant-derived bio-plastics, thus further reducing the vehicle’s carbon footprint.

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“The Honda FC Sport explores how to satisfy automotive performance enthusiasts in a world beyond petroleum,” said Dan Bonawitz, vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “People who love sports cars will still have a reason to love in a hydrogen-powered future.”

TFOT recently covered Honda’s “Insight” – the much anticipated five-passenger concept hybrid vehicle, and the production version of the 2010 Chevrolet Volt. TFOT also covered Tesla Roadster, a fully electric sports car capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and a new bio-fuel powered sports car named CCXR, which was created by the elite Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg.

More information about Honda’s FC Sport can be found at the company’s official press release.