Honda has leaked renderings of its upcoming AC-X Concept Plug-in Hybrid in advance of the Tokyo Motor Show next month, and they show a car with extremely advanced aerodynamics for improved efficiency. Details include adjustable bumpers, wheel covers, and other adaptable aerodynamic bits to create a super-efficient hybrid that can perform well even at high speeds. This is the sort of technology usually reserved for Formula 1 racing, though many types of underbody vehicle adjustments are banned even there because of the extreme costs involved in developing them. We know Honda has quietly been updating its wind tunnels recently, and this new technology must have been part of the reason.
The AC-X features a lot of high tech bits inside as well, including a panoramic display screen and joystick controllers. Also in the plans is an iPhone app or “Smart Connect” key with display that helps you monitor the level of charge in your vehicle and connect with it remotely. Other than the joysticks, we can see a lot of practical Honda touches in this vehicle, so don’t be surprised if some economical version of these technologies makes it into production Hondas in a few years.