Nissan has today unveiled a working prototype of its futuristic BladeGlider vehicle. First unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the concept car has now been turned into a road-going demonstrator after two years of work on design, engineering and development.
Power is 100 per cent electric, with the powertrain having been developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering in the UK. Maximum speed of the demonstration model is claimed to be in excess of 115 mph, with a listed 0-62 mph time of less than 5 seconds.
The rear wheels’ drive is provided by two 130 kW electric motors, one for each wheel, which are in turn powered by a five module lithium-ion 220 kW battery. The combined peak power output of the electric motors is 268 bhp, while combined peak torque is 521 lb-ft. Custom cooling systems have also been developed for both the battery and the motors.
Weighing 1300 kg, the prototype features a revised chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track, which the designers say leads to improved aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability.
High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide entry and exit to the cabin, while the open roof is reinforced with an integrated roll-over protection structure.
On the inside, wheel-mounted controls for the car’s drive systems feed into an internal 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. The driver sits in arrowhead formation slightly in front of two rear passengers.