Nissan unveiled the BladeGlider prototype, an all-electric, zero emissions sports car concept during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. This year, Nissan has produced working prototypes, and has made its first appearance in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nissan calls this concept the BladeGlider because of the car’s, “near-silent performance of electric powertrain” and its slim, streamlined shape. Nissan adds that this concept is a demonstration model that combines intelligent mobility, green technologies and sports-car capabilities.
This working prototype features an advanced chassis which, according to Nissan, was made for aerodynamic efficiency and handling. It also comes with a torque-vectoring system with three modes, namely Off, Agile, and Drift Mode. A special wheel-mounted control system relays information to the driver via a display screen. Power is provided by two 130 kw electric motors and is sent to the rear wheels. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider has a top speed of 190 km/h and 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
The concept boasts seating for three along with four point safety harnesses for each occupant. Its seats are trimmed in a fabric and epoxy resin along with a central driving position for extended leg room for the passengers behind.
“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility. Nissan believes that enthusiast should look forward to a zero emisssion future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers,” said Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
With Nissan being the official support vehicle of the 2016 Olympics, two Nissan BladeGilder are currently in the city. The first one will be on static display in while the second can be enjoyed by Media and VIPs for this year’s games.