Honda Debuts FC Sport Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Sports Car at the 2008 LA Auto Show

Honda today revealed an environmentally friendly, three-seat, supercar design study concept called the FC Sport based on Honda’s modular V Flow hydrogen fuel cell stack.

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The vehicle builds on the same hydrogen technology being used in the FCX Clarity — Honda’s “production” hydrogen fuel cell vehicle currently being tested in limited release by a couple hundred hand-picked owners in the US, including celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis.

The FC Sport is a design study concept inspired by supercar levels of performance through low weight and a high-performance, electrically driven fuel cell powertrain. The design study has an ultra-low center of gravity, a powerful electric motor, and zero emissions.

“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 Company. “People who love sports cars will still have a reason to love in a hydrogen-powered future.”

The car 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 electric motor resides just forward of the rear axle. Two fuel storage tanks are located above the rear axle and can be seen through the back window providing a unique design cue.

Although the FC Sport is just a concept, it clearly shows Honda has its eyes on the future — regardless of the current economic situation. Plus, it gives sports car enthusiasts hope that the zero emissions future holds promise for them too.

And it’s a damn sexy looking car.

Photo Credits: Moi

Source: Honda press release handed out at the 2008 LA Auto Show

 

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.