Nissan is famous for many things. Among them are crazy prototypes and zero-emission vehicles. Now both of these ideas got combined as the company is testing its BladeGlider prototype, which may as well be the future of an open-top sportscar.
Many automobile enthusiasts will remember Nissan’s DeltaWing and ZEOD racing cars. They looked so much different, because of how narrow the front axle was, and were packing some serious technologies. Although it seemed to be incredible, Nissan always wanted to put them on the road and now unveiled the working prototype of its futuristic Nissan BladeGlider concept. And it is amazing in so many ways.
Not only the basic shape remained, but also the idea behind it. Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said: “These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility. Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that”. Nissan believes that it will eventually become an electric car for real automotive enthusiasts. Among other things, this car really does look like the future.
Nissan BladeGlider features front track, which is much narrower than the rear one – it gives car a more aerodynamic shape and better stability. Rear-hinged dihedral doors and open roof spray a whiff of drama into the character of the vehicle, while integrated roll-over protection structure and other safety features play the role of a guarding angel. Interior is impressive too, with a nice display for all the important information, front-centre driving position and nice panoramic view for all 3 occupants of the vehicle. However, it is a sportscar nevertheless, which means that performance is very important.
BladeGlider is powered by two 130kW electric motors, launching car to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds and up to higher speeds than 190km/h. It features torque vectoring to improve the handling. However, this system has three modes: off, agile and drift mode. Can you imagine drifting with that wide rear axle? Car weighs 1300kg, which is not a lot, considering it is a fully-electric sportscar.
Nissan BladeGlider is a truly inspiring machine. It will be taking media representatives and other lucky people for rides in Brazil this August already. However, there is hope that Nissan might as well put it into production. Maybe someday.