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Honda gets futuristic with fuel cell concept car

American Honda Motor Co. has overhauled the look of its fuel cell concept cars, unveiling a futuristic, lightweight three-seater at the Los Angeles Auto Show dubbed the FC Sport.
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The Honda FC Sport fuel cell concept vehicle was unveiled Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The extended rear houses cooling radiators for the fuel cell stack.Ric Francis / AP
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American Honda Motor Co. has overhauled the look of its fuel cell concept cars, unveiling a futuristic, lightweight three-seater at the Los Angeles Auto Show dubbed the FC Sport.

The look replaces the more sedate FCX Clarity sedan, Honda said in a statement, "and reconfigures it into a lightweight sports car design with an ultra-low center of gravity, powerful electric motor performance and zero-emissions. The design study concept is inspired by supercar levels of performance through low weight and a high-performance, electrically driven fuel cell powertrain.

The fuel cell stacked is between the two rear seats, and a battery pack to story electricity is placed low in the middle of the car. "The electric motor resides just forward of the rear axle," Honda stated. "Two fuel storage tanks, visible from above, are located above the rear axle."

As for the interior, Honda said the "layout focuses primarily on the driver with a racecar-like center driving position. The enclosed canopy opens upward from the rear to allow for entry and exit."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Honda unveils its FC Sport fuel cell concept car as the Los Angeles Auto Show opens for press previews at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Against a backdrop of economic upheaval, General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC will be virtual no-shows with no senior executives in attendance nor holding any press conferences as they concentrate on lobbying for federal bailouts. Ford Motor Co. will be the only big American auto maker to have a significant presence at the annual event and compete with participating foreign car makers. The first major North American auto show of the season opens to the public on November 21 and continues through November 30.David McNew / Getty Images North America

The exterior design, Honda said, "combines angular shapes in the front of the vehicle that taper into geometric, hex forms in the rear. The rear hex forms house cooling radiators for the fuel cell. Formula 1-style barge boards behind the front wheels enhance high speed aerodynamics and convey the vehicle's racing pedigree."

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