OSM short for open study models shows Honda’s major achievement to create stylish two seat convertible fun car that is also environment friendly.
“We’re trying to show that low emission cars can be attractive,” says Andrea’s sittel, Project Leader for OSM. “There is no reason why a car that’s more environmentally friendly cant looks great too and be sporty and fun to drive.”
We loved the exterior design is a balance of smooth, rounded curves and sharp lines to provide definition in key areas. The headlights are cleverly integrated into the front end, stretching from the nose to the top of the wheel arches to look more like a part of the original body.
The Honda OSM was designed by Honda’s R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. It’s the latest example of the young talent being developed within Honda’s design studios in Europe – following the Honda Small Hybrid Sports Concept (Geneva 2007) and the Accord Tourer Concept (Frankfurt 2007).
At present, the Honda claims that the OSM is strictly a design study and there are no future plans to enter production however some insiders suggest that it might be the next S2000 model that Honda is planning to build.
Honda unveiled at the British Motor Show the OSM (for Open Study Model), a low-emission sportscar study model.
The exterior design is a balance of smooth, rounded curves and sharp lines to provide definition in key areas. The headlights are cleverly integrated into the front end, stretching from the nose to the top of the wheel arches to look more like a part of the original body.
Inside, this uninterrupted, fluid approach is continued, with long sweeping curves extending from both door panels to form a frame for the instrument display. The concept for the dashboard was to avoid creating the traditional block of ‘heavy’ color and material in front of the driver; in keeping with the clean and lightweight theme. For that reason, the dash is broken into sections, with the most important instruments in direct line-of-sight of the driver.
Honda announced the launch of a new low-emission, lightweight sports study model at the British International Motor Show later this month. Called OSM (for Open Study Model, the concept was designed by Honda’s R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany.
Sitting on sporty six-spoke alloy wheels, the OSM has a slippery, aerodynamic exterior to minimize drag. A wide, sloping rear end incorporates a narrow rear light strip, which wraps around the rump of the car. At the front, a gaping front grille sits between angular headlights that stretch from nose of the bonnet to the top of the wheel arches.
There are no plans for the concept to enter production at the moment.
Press release after the jump.