RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –
Nissan Motor Co has unveiled the working prototype of its futuristic Nissan BladeGlider vehicle. The car combines zero-emissions, with high performance,in a design the company calls "revolutionary".
The Blade Glider is being showcased in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The first version of the car was introduced as a concept at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013, and was later displayed in Canada and of course in the U.S. It is a symbol of future technologies that Nissan says will combine intelligent Mobility, green technology, and sports car performance.
Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said: "These prototypes epitomize Nissan's drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility philosophy, 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. It's the electric vehicle for car lovers."
It's all part of Nissan's quest to be a global leader in the field of zero emissions vehicles, and in the areas of new automotive technologies such as autonomous drive systems. Nissan is currently the world leader in the area of electric vehicles, and sells the highest volume of electric cars in the world, thanks mainly to its market leading Nissan Leaf.
Nissan engineers say the Bladglider, brings their vision for an agile, efficient EV to life. They say it is a car that brings environmental responsibility and fun together. They say it's a car that will glide," thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape.
Two years of design work went into the Bladeglider. Nissan executives say it is a response to the changing needs of modern drivers and changing societies.
The demonstration models feature an advanced chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability.
High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide a dramatic entry and exit to the cabin. The open roof of Nissan BladeGlider is reinforced with an integrated roll-over protection structure, providing the exhilaration of an open-topped race car with the safety of a coupe.
Wheel-mounted controls for Nissan BladeGlider's systems feed into an advanced display showing speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens, with the images of rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels. An alternative to door-mounted mirrors, this dual screen design improves the aerodynamic efficiency of Nissan BladeGlider. The driver sits in arrowhead formation slightly in front of two passengers, who enjoy extended legroom. The view for all occupants is panoramic thanks to the seamless cockpit windscreen.
The Bladglider is a 100 percent electric vehicle. Nissan describes the powertrain as exceptional, thanks to a partnership on the project with UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering. Maximum speed of the demonstration models is in excess of 190km/h*, with 0-100km/h taking less than five seconds*. The rear wheels' drive is provided by two 130kW electric motors – one for each wheel.
The car utilizes torque vectoring technology to deliver thrust to the drive wheels in proper proportion. The system ensures precision handling, by sending the correct amount of toque to the proper wheel preventing sliding and fishtailing. For the adventurous and skilled drivers the system can be turned off, or turned to "drift mode".
The car comes with five 220kw lithium ion batteries, with a cooling system on board.
Inside you'll find four point safety harnesses or driver and passenger. Sport seats provide support for hard cornering. The seats are made with a blend of fabric and epoxy resin coating.
There are two color trims – Cyber Green and Stealth Orange. These colors are used for the upper portions of the seat back and framed with a silver reflective material to create an eye-catching, sporty look. The base of the seats is in black, patterned material, with a band of green and orange trim framing the cushion. - sst car show
Nissan BladeGlider key statistics
Acceleration 0-100km/h (62mph)
< 5 seconds*
200kW (268 hp)