Today, Nissan has taken the wraps off it’s latest concept car – the BladeGlider.
Unlike some concept cars which never make it beyond a designer’s PC monitor, or a clay model, this one has been built and is fully operational. It was unveiled in Rio de Janeiro as part of Nissan’s sponsorship of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Power comes from William Advanced Engineering’s electric powertrain, giving the BladeGlider a top speed of more than 115mph, with 0-62mph taking less than five seconds. Drive goes to the rear wheels, with each powered by a 130kW motor, drawing electricity from a 220kW battery. Special cooling systems have been developed for the high power electric powertrain, with Williams one of the world’s leaders in the field having worked on Formula 1, Le Mans, and Formula E electrical components.
The system features torque vectoring, controlling the torque delivered to the driven wheels, improving the handling even further. With torque vectoring, if the car starts to understeer, it automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore the handling balance.
Designed to add to the driving experience rather than govern it, the torque vectoring system has three settings: off, agile and drift mode.
Despite looking like a concept, the title of Prototype is appropriate since there will be two models at Rio – one static, but the other offering rides to media and VIPs at the games. Look out for some of the ideas and technology making their way onto future Nissan electric vehicles.
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.
Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said: “These prototypes epitomise 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 BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car-lovers.”