The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is a trade association in the U.K.. It keeps track of car registrations and manufacturing news. That represents more than 700 automotive companies. It hosts a series of exhibitions, shows and seminars including Test Day, the event that inspired Honda UK to bring the piece of machinery.
The Project P concept was built by Synchro Motorsport out of Swindon in southwest England. The team used a preproduction Type R for the conversion and modified everything behind the B-pillars of the car, creating a flatbed loading area where the rear seats and cargo area used to be.
Top speed is in excess of 165 mph
It uses the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the standard road car. That means a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual. Top speed is in excess of 165 mph.
“We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon. This project was a fantastic opportunity for team to show what their creative minds could do,” said Alyn James, project lead. “The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation. We are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”
There are no plans to produce this vehicle for the public, which is understandable. But we could see it being perfect for transporting parts and people from one side of the factory to another. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen one of these chop jobs. An intrepid Sawzall enthusiast couldn’t wait for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup and built his own out of a C-Class. It takes all kinds.