The latest offering in the exotic car arena from Nissan is certainly sharp. The Nissan BladeGlider concept not only boasts curb appeal, but is even more energy efficient than the Nissan Leaf. The BladeGlider is a zero-emissions wonder of the future, if it reaches production.
While the BladeGlider concept may have a touch of the strange to it, it is nice to have new design concepts to look at from time to time. This one was inspired by the DeltaWing and the ZEOD RC racecars, with artistic additions, of course. The wedge-shaped concept has wedged its way into my heart somehow, though at first glance it startled a bit.
The Nissan BladeGlider took the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show as an “exploratory prototype”. The front wheels are a mere three feet apart, giving the illusion of a sword. The rear is much more supercar-esque, well defined and not quite cohesive with the face. The curb appeal is finished off with scissor doors, because…who does not love scissor doors?
The doors open up to an exciting cockpit. The steering wheel itself is just cool—with handles begging to be white-knuckled to the nearest track. The sporty style features racing style seating, which is interesting for the all-electric sort.
The boys at BBC Top Gear seem to enjoy Nissan’s new concept. Nissan’s edgy marketing boss told Top Gear: “I want to build a sports car that challenges convention. Something for 25-year-olds that have been brought up with the car as something demonized. Something environmentally acceptable, with 70 percent of the weight in the rear, a central driving position, and narrow track. That’s my answer to the future sports car. Something that offends your parents.” Spectacular!
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