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Nissan Unveils BladeGlider Concept with Revolutionized Design – Could be a Production Car

Video (05m:31s): Nissan BladeGlider Concept at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Press Release : Nissan BladeGlider Concept

At the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Nissan will unveil a new concept that it says will “revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle”.

Nissan named the concept BladeGlider, a “deltoid-shape” vehicle with a narrow front and wide rear that is derived from the shape of the experimental racer ZEOD RC that Nissan will run at the 2014 Le Man 24 Hour race.

With a delta wing shape, the BladeGlider Concept gives “low drag while generating road-hugging downforce”. The downforce is also enhanced by the strong lightweight carbon-fiber underbody.

The Nissan BladeGlider Concept has a 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. The narrow front, with about 3-feet apart front wheels, helps reduce drag and improve maneuverability while the rear wide-stance wheels add stability.

Nissan hasn’t said much about the performance specs except that the BladeGlider Concept is equipped with rear in-wheel electric motors powered by lithium-ion battery, the one that powers the Nissan LEAF.

Nissan is hinting to bring the BladeGlider Concept into production and if it turns out to be true then the BladeGlider will be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors.

Nissan BladeGlider Concept – Hi-res. Images

Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)
Nissan BladeGlider Concept (2013 Tokyo Motor Show)

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