Development bosses on the new Nissan BladeGlider electric sports car say it has the potential to become a benchmark for the rest of the industry
18 December 2013

The Nissan BladeGlider electric sports car could become a handling benchmark for the automotive industry.

That's according to Nissan's motorsports innovation boss Ben Bowlby, who told Autocar the BladeGlider could be: "The nicest handling car you will ever drive. That is what the goal is."

Bowlby joined Nissan last December to build the Zeod RC petrol-electric hybrid sports car. That model will form the Garage 56 experimental vehicle entry in next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

His fixation with the triangular concept traces back through the Nissan-backed Deltawing that raced at Le Mans in 2012, to an Indycar he developed when working for Ganassi Racing in the USA.

Having taken the concept to the road, Nissan forecasts the BladeGlider could be in production within three years. The car would sit below the more traditional Nissan 370Z in the company's lineup, and will cost signficantly less than £30,000, despite its high-tech electric powertrain.

Bowlby says the keys to its dynamic behaviour are the narrow front track, slick aerodynamics, dual in-wheel rear electric motors and large rear tyres.

“It's about efficiency, it's about pulling a lot of G, it's about an exciting and pleasurable ride and yet being very efficient while doing that," he said. "So extreme handling and extreme fun and a whole new experience, a totally different driving experience.”

Speaking at the Tokyo motor show, Nissan's engineering chief Andy Palmer said: "I've driven the prototype, and it is unlike anything I have sampled before.

"This is the car that takes advantage of all the packaging benefits of an electric powertrain. All that weight and the set-up of the front racks means that the car is incredibly pointy, but the rear track and downforce mean that you can catch the oversteer with amazing ease.”

Bruce Newton

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rxl

18 December 2013
who in the world will buy a car that from the sky sight look like a men genitalia?? lol

18 December 2013
At Goodwood I asked a nice Nissan girl standing in front of a Leaf if there was going to be a small fun to drive EV for those of us that don't have a family. It good to see the message got passed on :)

18 December 2013
But that is a family car, it has 3 seats. A single seat car is my goal. This car is good for partner and single child, or more commonly single parent with 2 children. Need a car aimed at the lone wolf.

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