Nissan's Futuristic BladeGlider Concept Car Could Actually Go Into Production

By Ben Wolford on November 13, 2013 5:56 PM EST

Nissan has unveiled a new concept car in Japan.
Nissan has unveiled a new concept car in Japan.

Nissan's new concept car, the BladeGlider, has the look and feel of an IndyCar and the carbon footprint of a bicycle.

The BladeGlider is a four-wheeled, three-seater convertible with vertical-opening doors and, when it "matures into a production car," it could be the first Nissan vehicle to include in-wheel motors. The company has suggested that a similar version of the concept, which will go on display for the first time in Tokyo next week, could actually go into production. 

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Nissan boasts that the car is so sleek it seems to be moving, "even when the vehicle is standing still."

"The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value, and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics," said Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning, in a statement.

In the company's release, it said that the car was "more than a concept." They said it's "both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle from the world's leading EV manufacturer."

The front wheels are closer together, which designers say gives it greater maneuverability and reduces drag. The design was focused on aerodynamics, but apparently also on making it feel really cool to drive:

  • The seats are configured in a triangle shape with the driver front and center.
  • On-board monitors can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.
  • The steering wheel is styled like a jet plane's. 

"BladeGlider was conceived around delivering a glider-like exhilaration that echoes its lightweight, downsized hyper-efficient aerodynamic form," said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's senior vice president and chief creative officer, in a press release. "This design is more than revolutionary; it's transformational, applying our most advanced electric drive-train technology and racetrack-inspired styling in the service of a new dimension of shared driving pleasure."

Nissan is expected to show off the BladeGlider on Nov. 22 at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Other than fuel efficiency, according to Phys.org, another anticipated theme of the motor show is cars that aren't content just to be driven; they also do some of the driving. Toyota, for example, released specs for its FV2, which is supposed to feel kind of like riding the horse because it has a mind of its own. The three-wheeled FV2 changes color based on the driver's mood and offers destination suggestions.

Nissan, too, is busy putting together other concepts, from family wagons to sporty sedans to a taxi cab. It has a sustainable off-road SUV, an electric Cube, and the "taxi of tomorrow." The taxi is really no longer a concept. After winning a bid from New York City two years ago, 13,000 Nissan NV200s are expected to start ferrying 600,000 people each day around the city in the next few years.

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