Honda Shows up to Goodwood with a Unique interpretation of the Civic Type R
Far from stock, it has the power output of 12 human hearts and all-organic frameworkby Robert Moore, on
We all know that human and machine are becoming one. People can’t put down their smartphones for two seconds, Grandpa is walking around with a pacemaker to keep his heart going, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to replace our limbs with full-fledged robotic counterparts. Elon Musk is even doubling down on his notion of connecting the human brain directly to computers with his newest company, Neuralink. It’s only a matter of time before we can transfer human consciousness and become a race of sentient cyborg beings hellbent on spreading our archaic ideals across the galaxy and conquering the universe. Okay, so, that’s a bit too much, but there’s no denying that the gap between human and machine is getting increasingly smaller, and Honda has taken this idea into its own hands by creating a Honda Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike out of humans. That’s right; Humans.
It’s all a big show to celebrate the kicking off of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and you have to admit, it’s one of the most creative ways to do so. All told, 12 performance artists manage to intertwine themselves enough to generate the basic silhouette of the Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike. The whole thing has been orchestrated by the Honda Challenge Lab, a self-proclaimed “playground of extraordinary ideas inspiring curiosity and learning.” Needless to say, if you happen to be checking out the festival this year, the Honda booth is one place you certainly want to visit – it’s not very often you see a group of people shaping themselves into vehicles.
A Clockwork Honda?
I don’t know why, but the first thing I thought of when I saw these images is the old movie A Clockwork Orange. Maybe it’s just the sheer uniqueness of the artistic show, or maybe it’s this could easily turn into the basis for a very creepy nightmare. Kevin Doody, the Choreographer at Ministry of Fun – the organization responsible for this performance – said, “This was an ambitious, interesting project requiring a team of talented performers to pull off the transformation. We are delighted to launch this at Honda’s stand ahead of what promises to be a fun festival at Goodwood.”
I’m not even sure that “talented” is the right word. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly maintain a pose long enough for a crappy selfie, let alone hold a pose long enough for 11 other people to join me and create the silhouette of a vehicle. So, I have to give these artists credit just for being able to work in such close quarters, all while wearing spandex suits. Dave Hodgetts, the Managing Director of Honda U.K., said, “This perfectly brings to life our engineering principle of ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ that we work to with all of our cars. I’ve never seen anything like it, but it is a great way for Honda to kick off our presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed!”
|2018 Honda Civic Type R||The Human Car by Honda|
|Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade||The Human Fireblade|
Pretty wild, huh? Let’s just say that Honda’s presence at Goodwood this year isn’t one that will be forgotten easily. What do you think about this? Pretty cool, or is it a bit too much? Let us know in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more news from the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Read our full review of the Honda Civic Type R here