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As seemingly impossible as it sounds, Nissan is contemplating bringing its Land Glider concept to North America and badging it as an Infiniti. The half-car, half-motorcycle electric vehicle concept is set to debut tomorrow (October 21st) at the Tokyo Auto Show and is certainly seems like the sort of wild one-off creation that is used to inspire production models, rather than become one itself.
Then again, it wouldn’t be alone in the marketplace with Volkswagen already having announced plans to bring its two-seater, diesel-hybrid L1 to the streets. Perhaps it would be an ideal competitor to the Toyota iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet.
Let’s just say we have our doubts, but Nissan is serious about being on the cusp of the green car revolution, having invested heavily in electric cars already with its Leaf EV, which is set to be the first mass-produced electric car on American roads.
GALLERY: Nissan Land Glider Concept
[Source: Autmotive News via Autoblog]
Motorcycle-inspired setup allows the car to lean in corners with driver input
Most certainly one of the wildest concept cars set to debut at the Tokyo Auto Show (and that’s saying a lot) is the Nissan Land Glider Concept. The cockpit design is very much a cockpit, looking more like something you might fly off an aircraft carrier than drive around congested urban streets. There is room for both a passenger and a driver, with the two occupants sitting in front of and behind each other – much like on the Volkswagen L1 Concept that recently debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The vehicle is a zero-emissions one and is powered by two electric motors and lithium-ion batteries.
As for the structure, it is designed to operate more like a motorcycle, but with wheels and tires that can lean up to 17 degrees. Thanks to an advanced gyroscopic computer system, however, the vehicle can stay mostly upright, while a leaning motion by the driver can shift the car’s center of gravity. This setup, combined with an advanced system that controls power output to the wheels allows the Land Glider to, “…turn sharply at nearly any speed.”