Nissan Bladglider is out of this world!



We took our first peek at the Nissan Bladeglider in 2013, when it appeared as a concept car in Tokyo.  The Bladeglider is out to prove that electric cars aren’t just for people who are passionate about carbon emissions. It seems to want to fill that growing market for fast, high performance electric vehicles, since the current electric releases aren’t exactly quick.

What we are looking at now has upgraded from concept to prototype – meaning it’s one step closer to being available on the showroom floor.

Of course, just looking at it, the F1 influence is obvious. A motorsport style steering wheel (covered in buttons), a single seat at the front and some serious inspiration from the Nissan Deltawing. It boasts 0-100km/h in under 5 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h, even with 1400kgs to pull around. Power to the wheels comes in three modes – off, agile and drift – and is made possible thanks to a 130kW motor for each rear wheel. These individual motors are balanced with torque vectoring, intuitively fixing any understeer from the Bladewing’s narrow nose. This is a car that can hold its own on the track.

Though something is also telling about the presence of working indicators, lights, and rear-view cameras (yep, no mirrors). We may be looking at a car that is hoping to be one day, legally driven on the road. With the pressure rising for renewables and oil becoming gradually more expensive, those with a penchant for performance are going to need something to drive. The Bladewing looks like Nissan’s lead into battery powered cars that are fun to drive. Who knew!

That being said, a big highlight of this car is that you can actually drive it. The idea of self-navigating electric cars sounds safe, but not fun. There will always be a people who love driving, and when cars like the Bladewing are on the market, those people won’t be forgotten.

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