Everyone, say hello to the Nissan BladeGlider. First surfaced at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the DeltaWing-inspired electric vehicle (EV) is now on display at a special event in Brazil. The BladeGlider, in its version 2 guise, is now in its advanced prototype stage and could shape Nissan’s EV cars in the future.
Developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering, Nissan didn’t choose the moniker “BladeGlider” just because it sounds cool. While there are elements of “blade” in its aesthetics, the car “glides” in motion, made possible thanks to the performance of its dual 130kW electric powertrain.
The total output for this beast is 268 hp and 706 Nm of torque, and the BladeGlider weighs about 1,300kg. The electric motors are juiced by a 220kW lithium-ion battery. Performance wise, the BladeGlider completes the 0-100km/h sprint in less than 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of above 190km/h.
Now here comes the interesting bit. The BladeGlider features a torque vectoring system that channels appropriate amount of torque to all wheels. The system has three settings: off, agile and drift mode. If the driver demands for grip and precision driving, select the agile mode and the torque vectoring system will intelligently manage torque distribution to each individual wheel, while preventing understeer in the process. Otherwise, if the driver wants more fun by going sideways, the drift mode is pretty self explanatory.
Interior wise, the BladeGlider’s three-seater layout is a dead ringer to the McLaren F1. All occupants receive racing bucket seats with four-point safety harnesses with seats trimmed in a highly tactile blend of fabric and epoxy resin coating. As for now, two colour trims are offered: Cyber Green and Stealth Orange.
The racecar-inspired BladeGlider epitomises Nissan’s aim to expand its Intelligent Mobility philosophy, where driving pleasure is combined with environmental responsibility. That said, it would be interesting to see how much of the technology behind the BladeGlider will be incorporated into Nissan’s future cars, such as the second-generation LEAF hatchback. Or maybe an electric powered GT-R isn’t a bad idea after all…