Nissan promises to reinvent the performance car and at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show it will bring the BladeGlider Concept. When Nissan decided to build this vehicle it wanted to create a unique architecture to give the drive and passengers sustainable exhilaration. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider Concept has its conceptual roots in aerial images, such as silent, panoramic freedom offered by a glider and a triangular shape of a high performance "swept wing" aircraft.
The Nissan BlaedGlider features a 1.0 meter lightweight front track and wide, stable rear track. Having the front wheels close together, the maneuverability is enhanced for high G cornering power, while drag coefficient is reduced.
BladeGlider has a 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. What’s more interesting is that motors are found in the wheels and provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management.
Nissan used the innovative lithium-ion battery technology found on the Leaf and the battery modules were mounted low and toward the rear to enhance stability and handling.
Carbon fiber reinforces plastic (CFRP) was used to build the body of the car and the pearlescent white color evokes the pristine freedom of a glider.
The exterior design is inspired by racing cars as it features low, flat and narrow nose, while the body lines rises gracefully to the cockpit canopy and then curves forcefully back over the large rear wheels. Inside, we find three seats in a triangular configuration with the driver center-forward.
An aircraft-type steering wheel and state-of-the-art instrumentation technology completes the design. To support maximum EV cruising efficiency, the IT system can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.
Nissan’s BladeGlider epitomises an intrepid visualisation of the future of EV. Its taut, aerodynamic triangular body is made from a strong and intrinsically heightened chassis enclosed in an extremely light, yet sturdy and firm, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) glossed in a pearl white that conjures the idea of the pure abandon of a glider. The race-inspired exterior has a sculptured shape that is at once practical and wonderfully handsome. Beginning from its small, flattened, and tapered nose, the body outline gracefully grows to the canopy around the cockpit and then forcefully bends back over the big rear wheels, creating a feeling of vibrant motion even if it is not moving.
The BladeGlider was designed around producing the exhilaration like one gets from a glider that resonates from its light, small, extremely efficient streamlined shape. This revolutionary design is also transformational because it applies Nissan’s most progressive technology in electric drivetrain and race-inspired style to create a new generation of shared drive enjoyment.
Inside the cabin, the cockpit has three seats in a triangle configuration where the driver is front and centre. The seats feature distinct lightweight and comfortable covers decorated with fluorescent yellow lines. Among simple but cutting-edge interior style, an aircraft-like steering wheel and advanced instrument technology finish the glider-like feel. To assist in optimised EV cruising effectiveness, the IT system can show relief maps and weather conditions.
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This effective, streamlined, effortless, and light automobile gives a glide sensation that combines the sense of gravity-defying liberty and an almost 360-degree view a glider gets with the exhilaration of a racing car.