Nike ONE from Gran Turismo
(text courtesy Phil
Frank Design) At the much anticipated Tokyo release party
for the driving simulator Gran Turismo 4, Polyphony president
Kazunori Yamauchi stunned the attendees with the surprise
announcement that GT4 and Nike had collaborated on the Nike ONE,
signaling a new era in product development. Nike co-president Mark
Parker joined Kazunori on stage for the ceremony, along with
designers Phil Frank and Takuya Asano.
“The unique drive train,
chassis, suspension and wheel layout leverage the future of nano-technologies,”
explains Frank. “When you are working in a blue sky environment it
is always important to have one foot in reality and the other one as
far forward as possible”.
EMC2—Eletro-Magneto-cumunetics, Version 2: Nike Global Patent
In 2012, The Nike Sports Research Lab developed the first so-called Spark Suit. Essentially a wearable generator, it used nano-ion pumps to convert any movement—running, walking, even breathing, into usable electricity. A new generation of Microbatts and Microcaps made it possible to capture and store this electricity for later use. This technology has affected geo-politics worldwide and seen various applications in the sport world, especially as evidenced in a new vehicle called the Nike ONE.
The Spark Suit was
essentially an accident. Originally developed as a training
counterpart to Nike’s Swift Suit, it was designed to strategically
impede movement. Internally called the Slow Suit, the idea was that
strategic impedance would build muscle mass and improve
coordination—Like the weights used by baseball players in an on-deck
circle. This clothing would subtly and strategically strengthen and
hone an athlete’s muscles.
Microbatts & Microcaps
Fortunately, Nike’s research was synchronous with the development of ultra-efficient, superconducting batteries and capacitors—so-called Microbatts and Microcaps. When Nike designers made the connection that there was no need to dissipate the energy—that they could effectively store and transfer it—a revolution in product design was perhaps the smallest result.
Within a few years,
global energy policy was turned on its head. N.O.P.E.C, the New
Organization of Power Exporting Countries quickly replaced O.P.E.C
as petroleum reserves dwindled and extraction became too costly to
justify. Any nation with an active populace could become a world
power. The so-called “sportocracies” gained prominence as countries
slow to catch the EMC2 wave saw fossil-fuel powered industries fail
against the comparatively cheap bio-lectricity. Even a small country
with 300 million people could capture 20 terawatts per day, more
than enough to power heavy industrial concerns like automotive
manufacturing. As individuals became their own power source, obesity
rates world-wide dropped drastically. Hypertension,
hypercholesterolemia, and type 2 adult-onset diabetes were
The Nike ONE
Their new EMC2 vehicle—the Nike ONE, uses the next generation of the E-Suit combined with heel mounted Microcaps and internal Microbatts to power its HEP drive (Human Energy Potential) with speeds up to 230 MPH. Because the vehicle is powered solely by an individual’s personal energy reserves, transferred to the Microbatts from prior training sessions, combined with their ability to create energy on-the-fly, a new breed of athlete has arisen. Intense mental focus, combined with the need for tremendous physical stamina and a unique blend of fast/slow twitch muscle fibers, make those who master the Nike ONE amongst the most respected athletes on the planet.
Training to compete in the Nike ONE at an elite level is legendarily intense. Foundational methods follow the basic tenets now familiar to users of Nike’s EMC2 products. Specifically, focused neuromuscular control training to recruit adjacent/local muscle groups (plyometrics) combined with strategic high-load strength training. Intensive cardio work is recommended to improve the efficiency of aerobic respiration. Meanwhile, elite drivers of the Nike ONE have been known to pursue intensive regimens aimed at building tolerance to lactate, a harmful byproduct of anaerobic respiration. This is commonly referred to as pain-training, or PT, and is NOT RECOMMENDED for any but the most serious competitors. PT Methods include sitting against a wall for hours on end, repeated deep lunges while carrying enormous weights, and so-called micro-methods, like standing on the tips of your toes or hanging by the hands from a bar for hours at a time.
About the Car
Drivers of the Nike ONE
describe it as a cross between wearing a machine and being a
machine. Control, acceleration and braking is achieved with the
large muscle groups of the legs and arms, similar to working on gym
training equipment vs. traditional wrist and ankle movements. 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. All controls feature the
latest generation Supersensortm components enabling micro-resolute
command-calls for maximum efficiency in breaking, acceleration and
cornering. Drivers say it helps them make tiny adjustments in speed
and direction, and contributes to their overall feeling of
connection, power and oneness.