This New BladeGlider Prototype Is The Most Interesting Thing Nissan's Made In Years

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Recall the radically rocket-shaped DeltaWing race car that resulted in a long and complicated legal dispute between Nissan and Panoz over the design and who owns it. Nissan’s BladeGlider concept and now prototype is just that, sorta, but for the road. And it’s the most interesting Nissan in a long time.

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First shown in concept form at the Tokyo Auto Show in the far back time of 2013, Nissan has said that it might put the BladeGlider into production. Might. Seeing this concept today leaves me tremendously hopeful.

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Nissan says that the zero-emissions working prototype helps continue its vision of creating a sleek electric vehicle that would shake up traditional automotive aesthetics. This is good news because the only other EV the Japanese automaker quietly produces, the Leaf, is anything but sleek.

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The prototypes have sweet rear-hinged dihedral doors and an open roof. And a three seat design—think McLaren F1. Power comes from a five module lithium-ion 220kW battery and drives the rear wheels. Stats are as follows:

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Image Credit: Nissan

The BladeGlider also has torque vectoring and comes with three settings: off, agile and drift mode, for when you want to perform the Electric Slide. (Sorry, I had to.)

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As suggested by its name, Nissan prioritized aerodynamics in the design of the body. Inside, you’ll find four point safety harnesses for each of the three seats.

The prototypes will meet the world in Rio de Janeiro in this month, just in time to catch the tail end of the shitstorm leading up to the Rio Olympics.

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All I can say to you, Nissan, is build it, please. People will buy it.

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DISCUSSION

Phantom440
Phantom440

Please pardon my rant. But after the IDx, I don’t care what Nissan does as far as a concept car. Sure, it’s a “styling exercise”, but all of us went crazy for the IDx... and then Nissan did nothing. Not even a way, way watered down version with a conventional C-pillar that looked more like the Freeflow (which I preferred over the NISMO version). Here it is, what, 3 years later, and we still don’t have a fun 2 door F/R sedan from Nissan. I don’t want a hatchback, or a coupe, or a Z or a GT-R. I want a boxy little 2 door sedan with the potential to make into a little weekend SCCA racer but could haul kids around during the week. So now, whenever I see a Nissan concept anything, I’m not impressed. I’m not excited about Nissan’s future products. It’s a “hm. That’s neat.” and that’s the end of it. Does anyone else feel this way, or should I up my meds? :)