Nike ONE

Nike ONE
Concept art of 2022 Nike ONE vehicle
2022 Nike ONE
Manufacturer Nike
Production 2022[1]
Class High performance vehicle
Body style 2-door sports car
Layout Front engine, four-wheel drive
Engine HEP Drive (Human Energy Potential) engine with a 259 bhp (193 kW) rating
Transmission 8-gear automatic transmission
Curb weight 760 kg (1,676 lb)
Designer Phil Frank

The Nike ONE is a hypothetical high performance vehicle/concept car that was developed by Nike and Polyphony Digital. This vehicle is featured in the Gran Turismo 4 video game for the Sony PlayStation 2.

This vehicle resembles a moon buggy with a maximum speed of 230 miles per hour (370 km/h) and an eight-gear automatic transmission.[2] However, the top speed of 230 miles per hour can only be achieved by drivers in their physical peak (those who exercise between 60 minutes and 120 minutes per day).[2] The fictional timeline of this vehicle would see its origins in the year 2022 with the invention of the Spark Suit by the Nike Sports Research Lab.[3]

In the Gran Turismo 4 game, no fuel bar is shown when the player is driving the Nike ONE vehicle.

Development

The Nike ONE concept car was designed by Phil Frank, Head of Principal Phil Frank Design, LLC.[1] After earning their fame by creating the design for the Saleen S7, the small design team was approached to design the vehicle as part of the GT4/Nike collaboration.

This joint effort to design a "perfectly athletic" vehicle came as a surprise to Polyphony Digital's press conference attendees when company president, Kazunori Yamauchi announced the decision for the product-in-game placement. Also at the ceremony was Nike co-president Mark Parker as well as two of the Nike ONE designers, Phil Frank and Takuya Asano.

The design is a swooping roof bearing the legendary Nike Swoosh logo covering one bucket seat that's designed to accommodate a stretched-out driving posture, rather like a motorcyclist's. The minimalist design is inspired by Nike founder Bill Bowerman's principles of less is more.

Technology

The concept car utilizes technology that hasn't yet been realized in addition to Nike technology that exists in their current products such as Nike Shox technology for the seat suspension. The vehicle features various forms of heads-up displays.

The car is controlled by a series of non-invasive bioports on the driver's hands and is transceived in the vehicle's central processing unit. Nike says that the vehicle "contributes to the overall feeling of connectivity."

The Nike ONE uses a unique kind of energy source called the HEP Drive (Human Energy Potential), which utilizes the energy collected by the Nike Spark Suit and stores it in batteries in the footwear of the driver. This bio-electricity is then used to power the electric hub-less micromotors located in the wheels of the Nike ONE. This kind of drive is intended for use by athletes to train muscles and improve the cardiovascular system using pain-training-style methods.

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