| Tokyo, March 17, 1998 --- As part of a coming series of events celebrating its 50th anniversary, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today the opening of the Honda Fan Fun Lab at Twin Ring Motegi, located in Motegi-cho, Tochigi Prefecture. This facility opens for a limited one-year period commencing March 21st (Sat.), 1998.
The Honda Fan Fun Lab is a theme hall where Honda's worldwide corporate activities and dreams for the near future are displayed through easily understandable displays.
The facility consists of eight display zones representing eight different themes, and the Cylinder Theater. The latter uses a sophisticated audio-visual system to introduce Honda corporate activities.
In the exhibition zones, Honda's current and futuristic technologies and products, which will possibly pioneer a new spectrum in mobility and other areas, are introduced. All the exhibitions displayed at the Environment Lab, Safety Technology Lab and others embody Honda's commitment toward coexistence with the earth and creation of new values.
The Cylinder Theater, featuring a cylindrical 13 meter-diameter 360o wrap-around screen, transmits Honda's messages for the 21st century through an audio-visual presentation. The theater accommodates up to 120 visitors at a time.
Honda Fan Fun Lab
The Honda Fan Fun Lab offers a unique experience to visitors. Through their own hands-on experience, visitors will be able to understand Honda.
More specifically, Honda offers EV PLUS which enables visitors to experience the feeling of a test-drive, a riding simulator for the safety-driving experience, the InterNavi which is the next-generation navigation system and so on.
For children, My Design Factory offers an opportunity to design their own automobiles or motorcycles by using computers. The printout can be taken home.
Introduction to Honda Fan Fun Lab Features
In a cylindrical theater room, imitating an engine cylinder, visitors ride on a huge piston that moves up and down inside the wraparound display screen. Through dynamic vision and sound, Honda's global activities and dreams in the coming 21st century are shown.
Exhibition title: The Dream (VTR: 13 minutes)
A. Global Environment Lab:
Introduces Honda's next-generation technology for environmental preservation, ranging from low-emission engines to new power systems. Honda has imposed extremely difficult technical challenges upon itself in order to further contribute to solutions concerning global environmental issues.
||Running along with the Earth
- Evolution of Gasoline Engines;
Honda IMA system, ULEV/ZLEV, Motorcycle Hybrid System (M.H.S), BF130 - outboard motor meeting the Marine Engine Emission Standards set for 2006 by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, etc.
- Alternative Energies;
Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle, NGV (Civic GX), Honda EV PLUS and Racoon Powerstation.
- Recycling Promotion;
Recycling system for automobiles.
- Environmental Protection at Factories and Offices;
Green Factory Project.