Innovative Nissan Actic Concept | Part Four

Innovative Wheels and Tyres

Like the rest of the vehicle, the 'cross-trainer' wheels and tyres are an organic design – created literally to represent 'running shoes for cars'. Developed in conjunction with Michelin, the tyre tread is physically laminated over the 19 inch aluminium-alloy rims, making the tyres part of the wheel. "Visually, the integrated tyre and wheel treatment makes the rims look larger than their 19 inch size," said Semple.

The tread itself is a waffle-pattern design resembling Michelin's most aggressive motorcycle tyres. The tyres also feature run-flat construction. Matching wheels and tyres are also utilised on the Actic trailer.

A Versatile, Matching Trailer

The Actic Concept also includes a matching trailer, which is designed to symbolise the 'on-the-road – off-the-grid' adventure seeking nature of Actic's intended users. "The trailer allows you to leave at a moment's notice or store the accessories of your life with minimal intrusion," said Semple.

The trailer, developed as part of an ongoing relationship between NDA and Airstream, includes an inflatable wall system, turning it into a comfortable space for sleeping three people.

A unique built-in trailer coupling arm is integrated into the aesthetic of the Actic design theme, allowing car and trailer to become one unit.

Personalisation Personified

"Actic is designed to move quickly through life with agility, fluidity and grace. Dense with content, multi-layered, multi-functional and accommodating, it provides the framework for the art that is your life," said Semple. "Free from the constraints of any existing vehicle categories, Actic responds and conforms to the needs, preference and aspirations of the user."

Published 8 January 2004 Melanie Carter

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