posted 5 years ago

Nissan BladeGlider Concept Is Out Of This World

Nissan BladeGlider Concept Triangular Shape

Crikey. The Nissan BladeGlider Concept looks like no other car on the planet. Why? Because - according to its manufacturer - this fully-electric racer's “conceptual roots” are inspired by two images: the “soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider” and the “shape of a high performance swept wing aircraft”. Wonder what inspired the Nissan Micra? Either way, the BladeGlider's front track is only one meter wide but this measurement expands considerably toward the rear. The bodywork – which is built from lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic – is therefore roughly triangular. Nissan claims that this shape helps maximise the aerodynamic efficiency – as does the sculpted underfloor that generates downforce and eradicates the need for a large rear wing. Downforce is the energy from movement that pushes a car into the road to help it stick. The BladeGlider has also been designed to have excellent balance to minimise under-steer and over-steer. The former is the phenomenon whereby the front tyres cannot stick to the road enough to ensure that the vehicle maintains the optimal line through a corner. That is annoying. Over-steer, in contrast, occurs when the rear tyres lose grip through a corner. This pushes the nose of the vehicle to deep into a turn and the rear effectively tries to overtake the front. In extreme cases this can force a car to spin. Crikey.

Nissan BladeGlider Exterior And Interior Features

The Nissan BladeGlider Concept has striking front lights that sit above its illuminated badge. This zero-emission plaything – which is a convertible – also sports prominent wheels that incorporate coloured lines that run from the rims to the centres. Crikey. These complement the two quirky doors that open outwards/upwards. Once a door is open the driver's seat – which is the only seat in the front of the vehicle – automatically slides laterally to make it easier for the two rear passengers to climb aboard. Once inside, motorists are enclosed by tight sports seats behind a steering wheel that looks like it was stolen from a spaceship. The lively computerised dashboard complete the interior package. Now, some concept cars never emerge into the real world but it seems there is hope for this funky little racer. As such, there is a realistic chance it will form the basis of a production trim which could be one of the best road legal track cars on the planet. Crikey.