We first saw the Nissan BladeGlider Concept at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. Now this superb machine makes its European debut at Geneva, still making us wonder how a company like Nissan could come up with something so wonderfully crazy! Mind you, although the BladeGlider has a radical design, there is some method to its madness.
Nissan BladeGlider Concept is a model of aerodynamic efficiency. It has extremely narrow front end and skinny 100/80 tires. That gives the car the lowest Cds ever for a concept road car. It cuts through the air like a knife through Swiss cheese.
What’s more, the BladeGlider has two in-boars electric motor which along with the batteries push on the rear axle which is a lot wider than the front one and features 285/35 tires. That gives the car tons of traction off the line, so none of the torque of those electric motors is wasted. They are used to give the Glider awesome acceleration.
The radical shape of the Nissan BladeGlider also gives the car fantastic cornering capabilities. The car’s narrow front track and wide rear track help it does some crazy weight shifting during cornering. The upshot of all this is that the car goes round bends almost like a bike. This unique effect of the BladeGlider can be enhanced with torque vectoring (or an enhanced limited slip differential) that can be programmed into the in-wheel motors, allowing the rear tires to help point the car’s nose.
Nissan BladeGlider Concept is definitely one of the most exciting projects the Japanese car maker has ever done. It’s a good thing they are so chuffed about it, as it means they will keep trying new and exciting stuff in the future.