The stage for the Olympics will help Nissan reveal more than just the Kicks. The company has revealed today 2 more refined prototypes of the BladeGlider, a concept first presented at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. For what we know, the electric sports car is just one of the surprises Nissan has in its sleeve.
The BladeGlider is 4.30 m long, 1.85 m wide, 1.30 m high and it has a wheelbase of 2.80 m. The pictures will show you a much smaller car, but that is due to the front track, which is much narrower than the rear track. The BladeGlider is a 3-seater, with the driver in a central position, just like the McLaren F1.
The car has screens in place of rear-view side mirrors, something Japan has recently made road-legal for cars. Controls mounted at the steering wheel allow the driver to check speed and state of battery charge. They also give the driver the control of the regeneration mode and a torque map.
Developed with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering, the car has 2 electric motors, one for each of the rear wheels (torque vectoring, anyone?). Each of them is capable of 130 kW, but Nissan informs a total output of 200 kW and a torque of 707 Nm. Probably because they get some sort of restriction from the 5 module lithium-ion 220 kW battery. In a car that weighs 1,300 kg, they also allow for an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 s and a top speed beyond 190 km/h. Not really impressive when you consider the Tesla Model S and its Ludicrous Mode, but the car wants to impress for other reasons.
One of the prototypes will be permanently exposed, probably close to one of the arenas of the Olympic Games. The other one will demonstrate its dynamic capabilities to the media and VIP guests.
Nissan wants to make an impressive electric car to fight the bland image of the Leaf. And also to try to appeal to the buyers in the waiting list for a Tesla Model 3. Will the BladeGlider be the car chosen for this task? Make your wagers, gentlemen.