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2001 Honda Dualnote Concept

The 2001 Honda Dualnote Concept, also known as the Acura DN-X, introduced a new sports car paradigm, providing an exhilarating driving experience accessible even to less experienced drivers. This four-seater sedan embodied a revolutionary sports car concept, leveraging the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid power plant, all-wheel drive, and a sophisticated chassis control circuit to enhance the joy of active driving.

Positioned at the core of the car, just in front of the rear axle, was a potent 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine. This engine not only propelled the rear wheels but also served to rotate a generator. Through a battery, this generator powered the electric motors situated on the front wheels. The Dualnote employed a dynamic approach to driving, starting in front-wheel drive mode and seamlessly transitioning to rear-wheel drive as speed increased. During sudden acceleration, the electric motors re-engaged to enhance performance.

The concept showcased advanced electronic systems, including ATTS (Active Torque Transfer System) and VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist). These systems worked in tandem during active cornering or on slippery surfaces, intelligently distributing torque across all wheels and stabilizing the car on the road. Moreover, the Dualnote exhibited innovation in regenerative braking, with the electric motor of the inner wheel entering regenerative braking mode during turns without acceleration. This not only conserved energy but also facilitated smoother navigation through turns.

Despite its impressive power and performance capabilities, the Dualnote featured a lightweight construction. The body, measuring 4390x1830x1216 mm, was crafted from aluminum and composite materials. The hybrid power plant, with a total output of 400 hp, ensured that the substantial upper front spoiler was more than just a decorative element. Despite its powerful performance, the car demonstrated remarkable fuel efficiency, boasting an average consumption of 5.6 l/100 km.

The Honda Dualnote, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, heralded a new era of sports car design, blending performance, efficiency, and innovative technology. It stood as a testament to Honda's commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering and providing a thrilling driving experience with a focus on sustainability.

Source & Images: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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