Official: Nissan reveals radical BladeGlider concept for Tokyo debut

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Nissan BladeGlider Concept

Radical reinvention of the automobile doesn’t happen very often. There’s a reason they refer to it as “reinventing the wheel”, after all. But that’s what a team of racecar designers did with the original DeltaWing concept in 2010. Originally proposed as an IndyCar racer, the project was subsequently redesigned for Le Mans. That’s when Nissan got on board, supported the project for a few races, then took the design in its own direction with the ZEOD RC. And now it’s taking it to the road… via the auto show.

What we have here is the BladeGlider concept, a proposal for a delta-shaped electric sportscar which Nissan will present at the Tokyo Motor Show in a couple of weeks. Designed to focus on driving pleasure, the BladeGlider is about as radical as they come. Like the DeltaWing and ZEOD RC, it’s got a narrow front track and wide rear to minimize drag and optimize stability, packing a 1+2 seating arrangement to put the driver front and center like in a McLaren F1, with upward-swinging doors and underbody aerodynamics to keep it glued to the road. In-wheel motors (of unspecified output) provide the power, a lightweight lithium-ion battery (not to mention the carbon-fiber bodywork) keeps it all fearther-like, and weight distribution is heavily biased towards the rear at 30:70.

A radical concept, to be sure, but here’s the kicker: Nissan wants to build it. As you can see from the press release below, the BladeGlider “is both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development and an exploratory prototype for an upcoming production vehicle”. While it would undoubtedly take some time to develop, much less certify for road, seeing one of these – or even better, driving one – on our favorite stretches of tarmac strikes us as a prospect worth waiting for.

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