As 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.
Furthering 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.