The goal of the BladeGlider project was to create a new kind of vehicle starting without any preconceived notion, and to explore Nissan’s future direction for its range of electric vehicles.
Similarly to the recent ZEOD RC Concept, the BladeGlider has a distinctive deltoid shape, with a narrow, 1.0-meter wide front track and a wider rear section.
This type of layout, inspired by the triangular shape of high performance “swept wing” aircrafts, allows to achieve low drag while generating the needed downforce, through the carbon-fiber underbody, which makes unnecessary any additional wing.
The racing-inspired exterior features sleek lines, with the body line rising from the with a the low, flat and narrow nose to the cockpit canopy and then curving back over the large rear wheels, evoking a sense of dynamic movement.
The streamlined body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is visually split into the black lower section and the upper body panels, finished in pearlescent white color, which evokes the freedom of a glider.
The open cockpit features a wraparound windshield and a descending DLO upper edge, and can be converted into a closed configuration by mounting a separate roof panel, shown in one of the renderings.
The cockpit can accommodate three in a triangular configuration with the driver center- forward, enhancing the driving experience. Passengers sit at the longitudinal center of gravity to maintain the car’s balance at all times.
When the butterfly doors are opened, the driver’s seat automatically slides laterally enabling easy access to the passenger seats.
The interior design is very futuristic and inspired from the Aviation world, with a U-shaped steering wheel, and a high-tech digital panel that can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.
The seats feature light coverings with a hexagonal pattern and yellow fluorescent lines.
Borrowing from the EV technology of both the LEAF and the ZEOD RC, the BladeGlider is powered by two in-wheel motors driving the rear axle, contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.
The units are fed by lithium-ion battery modules mounted low and toward the rear to enhance stability and handling.
The BladeGlider Concept project was led by Francois Bancon, Nissan division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan, who commented “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.”