Nissan BladeGlider Prototypes Bring Concept Car to Life

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Nissan has taken its BladeGlider concept car from a display piece to a working prototype to show off its future technology.

Originally unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013 as a concept car, Nissan has now built working BladeGlider prototypes to show off its commitment to zero-emissions vehicles and self-driving tech.

After two years of design, engineering and development work, the BladeGlider is now a real functioning EV which rides on an advanced chassis which has a wide rear track and narrow front track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and improved handling. Dihedral doors helps to increase the dramatic flair of the new electric sports car.

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Top speed for the car is pegged at 115 mph, while the jump from 0 to 62 mph will take less than five seconds. Full power output from the electric motor is 268 horsepower and a whopping 521 lb-ft of torque. Curb weight measures in at 2866 pounds.

To help it handle, the car uses torque vectoring technology that has three different drive settings: off, agile and drift mode.

Inside, the BladeGlider features a single front seat for the driver which is mounted in the center of the vehicle, with two passengers seat behind. Nissan used plenty of eye-catching colors, including reflective silver material along with green and orange trim to make this interior really stand out.

The two BladeGlider prototypes will spend all August in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics. One will be on static display while the other will offer rides to the media and VIPs.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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