World’s leading EV manufacturer, Nissan, has revealed its latest creation which it believes to be not just a prototype of an upcoming vehicle but also a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development. Dubbed the Nissan BladeGlider, the car features a fresh electric vehicle driving experience based on peerless technology and exotic styling.
The design of the car is revolutionary and leading the project design team was Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan. “The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics,” said Bancon.
Featuring a narrow front track, the BladeGlider is a complete deviation from conventional cars. Further, the design is somewhat an optimized blend of a glider and a high performance “swept wing” aircraft – meaning the design will offer exceptional aerodynamic efficiency while generating enough downforce to keep the car glued to the road.
The front track of the car is just 1 meter wide while the rear one is wide enough to keep it balanced, which is a needed trait when you want low drag coefficient and great maneuverability for high G cornering. The downforce is provided by BladeGlider’s carbon-fiber underbody which if further assisted by a weight distribution of 30/70 – front/rear. The racing inspired exterior of the car sports a low, flat narrow nose, a functional and beautiful sculpted contour and large rear wheels.
“BladeGlider was conceived around delivering a glider-like exhilaration that echoes its lightweight, downsized hyper-efficient aerodynamic form,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer. “This design is more than revolutionary; it’s transformational, applying our most advanced electric drive-train technology and racetrack-inspired styling in the service of a new dimension of shared driving pleasure.”
At once the car can accommodate three persons inside a cabin which is as triangular in shape as is the car’s exterior. The interior features special light and comfortable coverings with yellow fluorescent lines, simple yet edgy interior styling cues, an aircraft-type steering wheel and state-of-the-art instrumentation technology.
The car’s electric powertrain transmits the power to the rear wheels and when the BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first vehicle to use in-wheel motors. The in-wheel motor technology provides rear wheel propulsion with independent motor management.