Nike Car Uses ‘Human Energy Potential Drive’

[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story reflected this concept car had been designed by Nike. It actually is the idea of an individual designer – see below.]

Electric vehicles are making technological leaps, it seems, almost every day. Electric motorcycles are breaking speed records. Electric cars are becoming faster and more efficient. Now comes along a concept car one might envision super sportswear company Nike designing as a sleek futuristic ride that runs on technology that doesn’t even exist yet. It was designed by Phil Frank, principal at Phil Frank Design.

The Nike ONE 2022 is a ultra-high tech, high-performance sports car with a super silky eight-gear transmission that propels its pilot at speeds of around 230 mph. Combined with its futuristic, sleek design the new Nikemobile seems like a sure hit. There’s only one catch: It only exists as part of the Gran Turismo 4 video game for PlayStation 2.

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The car is powered by what Frank calls Human Energy Potential Drive. He envisions that power harvested from the drivers body – using the also-yet-to-be-invented “Nike Spark Suit,” in which power from workouts or even regular body movements is stored in batteries in the footwear of the driver.

Frank describes the concept as a cross between wearing a machine and being a machine. According to the designer, “control, acceleration and braking is achieved with the large muscle groups of the legs and arms, similar to working on gym training equipment…. The driver controls are centered around a gyroscopic cyber-throttle which integrates cornering, acceleration and braking in a single mental motion. The mind-machine interface uses one non-invasive bio-port at each hand to connect neurotransmitters in the brain to neuro-tranceivers in the vehicle CPU.”

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.