- Prototype high-performance electric vehicle
- Advanced full-electric battery power train
- Central driver, two passenger seats behind
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Nissan has unveiled a working prototype of its futuristic BladeGlider that “combines zero emissions with high performance in a revolutionary sports-car”.
The Corner reckons it brings a whole new meaning to electrification with what some might call shocking design… it was developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo auto show in 2013 and is in Brazil alongside the 2016 Olympic Games “to symbolize future technology that will combine intelligent mobility, environmentally friendly impact and sports-car driving”.
Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of and for Nissan Motor, said: “These prototypes epitomise Nissan’s drive to expand its ‘Intelligent Mobility’ philosophy where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility.
“Nissan believes enthusiasts should look forward to a zero-emission future and the BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car-lovers.”
The debut of the BladeGlider prototypes is part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles and new automotive technology, including autonomous-drive systems and connectivity.
Nissan regards the BladeGlider as “an agile and efficient EV to provide new dimensions of driving fun and excitement – a car that will ‘glide’ thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric power-train and aerodynamic shape”.
The Corner wonders, however, that despite all it high-tech did anybody think about opening its doors in the family garage…? And that after two years of design, engineering and development.
The demonstration models, Nissan adds, have an advanced chassis with a narrow front track and wider rear track for aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability. And forcing it to be a three-seater.
Steering-wheel controls for BladeGlider’s systems, Nissan explains, feed into an advanced display showing speed, battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens showing images from rear-facing cameras, one behind each front wheel, to replace what we’d say were perfectly efficient external mirrors.
Power is 100% electric, with exceptional powertrain performance delivered by Nissan’s technical partner for the BladeGlider project,
The electric power train from UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering promises 190km/h and sub-five seconds to 100km/h with drive to the rear wheels provided by a 130kW electric motor for each rear wheel.
Torque vectoring, controlling the torque delivered to the driven wheels, automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore handling balance. The system has three settings: off, agile and drift.
The cabin has a four-point safety harness for each occupant in seats trimmed in a blend of fabric and epoxy-resin coating – described as “a tough and grippy material that has the effect of comfortably adhering occupants securely in place”.
Two BladeGliders are on display in Rio, one in a static display, the second offering dynamic rides to media folk and VIP’s. Ready.steady, GO!
Top speed: More than 190km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h less than five seconds
Data from Williams Advanced Engineering.