Nissan BladeGliderNovember 15, 2013
The electric Nissan BladeGlider performance car concept is heavily influenced by the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which will make its debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race.
It aims to combine lightweight engineering with excellent aerodynamics. The front track is just 1.0 metre wide. Having the front wheels close together reduces drag and enhances manoeuvrability for cornering power, assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. Aerodynamic downforce is created by the carbon-fibre underbody, hence the lack of drag-inducing wings.
The BladeGlider features in-wheel motors which provide rear-wheel drive with independent motor management.
To power the electric motors, the BladeGlider employs Nissan’s lithium-ion battery technology. The battery modules are mounted low and towards the rear to enhance stability and handling.
Inside the canopy, the cockpit seats three in a triangular configuration with the driver centre-forward.
Ben Bowlby, director of Nissan Motorsport Innovation, who has supported the BladeGlider’s development, says “I think that the excitement of the racing car should be mirrored in the excitement of driving the road car. I think there are elements we can bring from the race track to make these future road cars more exciting, more fulfilling and give greater driving pleasure.”