November 22, 2005 Honda is already one of the world's leading producers of mobility products including making more engines than any other manufacturer (19 million a year), plus automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, power products, marine engines, personal watercraft and in the not-too-distant future, light jets. Honda’s aeronautical ambitions have taken shape in the form of the experimental HondaJet boasting a number of innovations including a patented over-the-wing engine-mount configuration, a natural-laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose, and an advanced all-composite fuselage structure. The over-the-wing engine-mount configuration helps eliminate the need for a structure to mount the engines to the rear fuselage and, thus, maximizes the space in the fuselage. Further, by determining the optimal position for the engines, the over-the-wing mount actually reduces drag at high speed to improve fuel efficiency.
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