Nissan And Marc Ecko Drive Into the Future Together

The Nissan division of Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) and lifestyle fashion visionary Marc Ecko, announced a unique strategic partnership blending the world of fashion and automotive design. The announcement was made at the MAGIC men’s apparel and accessories trade show in Las Vegas and the partnership will allow each brand to retain their individuality while expanding their audience and reach.

“Both the Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Armada are known for their power, style and energy, which is also characteristic of Marc Ecko’s creative artistry and compelling vision,” said Jan Thompson, vice president of marketing, NNA. “His design will bring together two great brands that already have an established relationship with street culture, making it a natural and ideal fit.”

Nissan SUV

To celebrate the partnership, Mr. Ecko will modify two of Nissan’s most popular SUVs – the Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Armada – giving each a hip, new design inspired by his *ecko unltd. and Cut & Sew clothing lines. The two one-of-a-kind vehicles will be displayed at events across the country following a special unveiling in October in New York.

“Side by side, these two vehicles share a design heritage, yet each has its own distinct character,” said Mr. Ecko. “My goal is to take that character to the next level and to express the vehicles’ individuality through bold, original design and superior execution.”

The ecko unltd. Nissan Pathfinder

Bearing in mind ecko unltd.’s street-smart swagger, the Nissan Pathfinder customized by Marc Ecko takes a vehicle that loves to get a little dirty and gives it an “old school” twist.

Nissan SUV

The exterior - Smoothed wheel wells, a modified grill highlighted by the Nissan badge, and a custom black and grey camouflage paint job offset by safety orange detailing.

The interior - Driver and passenger seats are given a 1960s redesign, with Eames-inspired molded wood backs and seamless black leather; safety orange is once again introduced through a glossy center console and accent molding, while extra touches include a matching wood steering wheel and a hand molded fiberglass subwoofer enclosure.

Land Rover Offers The Disco Pursuit

Land Rover With disco pursuit

A new well-equipped limited edition Discovery 3, called the Pursuit, will be on sale in March 2007, for under £30,000 OTR.

Only 300 Discovery 3 ‘Pursuits’ will be available from Land Rover dealerships across the country. Based on the TDV6 GS model, the Pursuit also features Java Black paint work with Ebony interior, 19″ alloy wheels, body coloured wheel arch surrounds, manual leather seats and chrome finish mirror caps.

Land Rover’s multi-award winning Discovery 3 is a technology-packed, premium 4×4 designed to deliver outstanding performance both on the road and off-road. The bold, versatile design is distinctively Land Rover and offers exceptional space, comfort and flexibility, for up to seven adults.

All Pursuit limited editions are powered by the Discovery’s acclaimed TDV6 diesel engine and feature standard technologies including Hill Descent Control, air suspension and Terrain ResponseTM, all industry-firsts for Land Rover.

“Since launch, the Discovery 3 has brought new levels of ability, comfort and refinement to the large 4×4 market. Winning 95 awards worldwide is a testament to its class-leading diesel engine, its versatility and its all-round package,” commented John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director.

“The limited-edition Discovery 3 Pursuit gives customers the opportunity to buy an exclusive specification for the exceptional price of £29,995 OTR for the TDV6 manual and £30,995 OTR with automatic transmission. We think this represents incredible value for money”.

All Land Rover vehicles include a CO2 offset for the first 45,000 miles within the on-the-road price. Administered by Climate Care, an independent CO2 offset provider, the programme ensures that the average amount of CO2 produced by a Land Rover is offset by investments in a mixed portfolio of projects, including renewable energy, technology change and energy efficiency initiatives.

The Discovery 3 has sold nearly 30,000 units in the UK and 115,000 units globally since launch in 2004, and continues to collect critical accolades the world over.

Ruby Custom Designer Motorcycle Helmets

Ruby custom motorcycle helmets

Leave it to the French to come up with helmets that look this good, I mean, these really appear to be extremely nice. If you’re riding a sportbike, they won’t replace a good full face helmet but they certainly will do the job if you’re on a vintage ride or maybe a scooter. Jérôme Coste, (who managed to bang his head 6 times before getting interested in helmets!) is the man behind these carbon fiber beauties with claret colored lambskin liners, chrome edge trim and a level of finish you won’t often see. The paint schemes vary from retro designs to classic solids but they all manage to look pretty exotic. It seems he offers silk scarves, too, which would complete the look as you ride your vintage cafe racer.

The price seems to be somewhere north of 500 Euros, that’s $750+ … interesting. More photos and links below:

Ruby custom motorcycle helmets

Ruby custom motorcycle helmets

Ruby custom motorcycle helmets

Icare Concept Motorcycle by Enzyme Design

Icare concept motorcycle from Enzyme Design

Concept motorcycle design is supposed to grab your attention and the Icare by Enzyme Design certainly does that. Looking more like a creation from a futuristic sci-fi movie or computer game, it is actually based on technology and engines already available.

Power comes from a flat six, either Honda 1800, or as one rendering shows, perhaps a Porsche. With all of the bodywork on this bike, you could hide all sorts of engine accessories like blowers, turbos or what have you, plus the suspension could be pretty exotic and it, too, would be well hidden. Of course, with this much bodywork you could hide almost any kind of powerplant, you’re not confined to the old internal combustion engine by any means though it’s interesting to see something this far out with a Honda 6.

The side skirts around the wheels seem to rotate up out of the way as does the bodywork which evidently has some type of parked mode which then moves into riding mode when you turn it on.

I rather doubt we’ll see anything like this from any major manufacturer, at least not for the foreseeable future, but a technically proficient custom builder might pull it off. Interesting.

A tip of the hat to Brian for the pointer.

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Icare concept motorcycle from Enzyme Design

Icare concept motorcycle from Enzyme Design

Icare concept motorcycle from Enzyme Design