Pininfarina designs a motorcycle helmet

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Pininfarina_Helmet_1.jpgAs far as Pininfarina — one of the most influential forces in the car design world — is concerned, the problem with helmets is that they look like cheap plastic easter eggs no matter what percentage of the shell’s composition is carbon fiber or kevlar. The solution? Hide the shell and all its ugly vents under a sheet of fabric. There’s actually three enormous scoops in the helmet above, but you can’t see them because they’re concealed. The fabric not only creates the illusion of a hat rather than a helmet, but it keeps out rain while allowing moisture to escape.
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Pininfarina_Helmet_2.jpgFurthering the illusion of headwear over safety equipment, the visor
continues through a band that surround the helmet’s entirety, it looks
like a set of goggles.

There’s no details on the material used other than that it’s a
“transpiring technical fabric,” so we’ll assume that it’s something
like gore-tex, allowing moisture from sweat to escape while keeping the
elements at bay. Despite the overly fashiony nature of this particular
helmet, we think the idea has a lot of merit and could even have one
benefit that Pininfarina hasn’t predicted: by providing a skin-like
layer on top of the hard surface, this helmet can absorb some of the
rotational energy created by friction with impacted surfaces. This is
something that the Lazer SuperSkin technology is trying to push and it
makes total sense. Like the skin on top of your skull, it’ll slide and
tear when rubbing along an abrasive surface rather than applying undue
rotational forces to your neck, thereby working to prevent some neck
and spinal cord injuries. Of course, we’d worry more about our pretty
faces than our necks in a helmet this open, but that doesn’t mean we
couldn’t see something similar applied to a full face.

Pininfarina

  • Ben

    I like it. Looks like Speed Racers Helmet. Not sure about the fabric though.

  • CafeRacer1200

    How would you clean the fabric? I can’t imagine it being removable and being able to be put back on so well.

  • sam

    maybe you could unattach the plastic shell, still connected to the fabric, from everything else (inner padding, face shield) and throw it in the washer??

  • Beatpusher

    This is why car people should stay out of the moto world.

  • pdub

    Hmmm… I’d like to applaud ideas out from left field but uhh, I could only see this one topping a couple fresh out of the Manhattan Vespa dealership. That skin idea is a worthy safety/tech pursuit. Maybe something more like a synthetic fruit peel covering. You’d get that skin effect in something you could still just gently wipe down after a ride rather than send to the dry cleaners. Guess I have to agree with the above post. Worst moto ideas from some of the best auto idea makers being the Ferrari concept bike and now this Pininfarina helmet. This helmet in red to go with the Ferrari bike and a matching Versace handbag. Blech!

  • http://www.fireninja.com fireninja

    Nice, but don’t serious helmets have chinbars?

    Then again they seem to have their market down — fighterpilot helmets are angled at the fashion market (scooter crowd and Harley crowd). People who want safety are shopping for a full face with SNELL on the sticker, and SNELL wont even certify the flip front style — solid chinbar only.

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  • Ian

    Haven’t Momo been doing something similar to this for years? http://www.momohelmets.com/

    Not convinced by the “it’ll slide and tear when rubbing along an abrasive surface rather than applying undue rotational forces to your neck”. Surely there’s going to be more friction and ‘grabbing’ on the road with a fabric than a ‘normal’ shiny fibreglass shell?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The fabric/skin slides over the shell, not the road. Check out the Lazer SuperSkin Video to see how it works.

  • John

    Looks very similar to the Brembo helmet.

  • http://cohobot.blogspot.com/ coho

    This would be perfect with the cloth-bodied Tenere!