The Power of Dreams? We're not sure if this is a dream, or more a vision someone's had after slipping on the kitchen floor and whacking their head on the sideboard.
Taking pride of place at Honda's stand at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 today was the Honda EV-Ster, a car that attracted a huge amount of attention because of one incredible feature - or lack of, to be more precise. The Honda EV-Ster has no steering wheel, instead being controlled by a pair of levers. Very similar to the Convert-a-car that Professor Pat Pending drove in Wacky Races.
But, according to Honda, there's method in the madness. The EV-Ster apparently controls in the same way that a motorbike does, with the driver pulling and pushing the levers to get from point A to point B.
Honda's PR department was keen to focus on the light-hearted side of the car: "It's fun, it is very tactile and it is very accurate. The car keeps the driver alert, because it is very sensitive to movement. Your whole body is kept moving. In fact it is a mini-cross trainer."
But for all the head-scratching, wonder, bemusement and bafflement (intertwined with rich people fingering their wallets and licking their lips), Honda is putting a lot of serious work into the EV-Ster. They're looking to put it into production over the next three years, and have already tested the new Honda extensively on thousands of miles of Japanese racing track.
But despite its gorgeous looks it's not a roadster. It has an electric engine, can reach up to 100 miles on a single charge and has (an unnecessary?) three dashboards. According to Honda the dashboard in the middle shows standard statistics such as speed and fuel consumption, whilst the other two are entirely customisable and can be used to control audio systems, satellite navigation systems and such.
So has Honda hit on something ingenious? It's on the extreme end of the scale from a new Honda Accord. The mooted price tag of £30-35,000 suggests its audience is going to have to be very adventurous to take the plunge on something so unique and quirky when they want to buy a new car. We like the idea of getting a full-body workout when driving, though, which will undoubtedly offer a driving experience unlike any other on the market.
What do you think? Is the Honda EV-Ster your cup of tea? Or has Honda done too much dreaming this time? Let us know in the comments below.