A working prototype of the Nissan BladeGlider has been unveiled in Rio de Janiero ahead of the Olympics later this week.
The 2016 BladeGlider has a redesigned body with an open roof design and a new integrated roll-over protection structure. It also features rear-hinged doors, and persists with the original’s narrow front track, wider rear track layout.
Inside, the BladeGlider has three racing-style bucket seats with four-point safety harnesses. The seats are staggered in an “arrowhead configuration” similar to that of the McLaren F1.
In front of the driver is a Formula One-style steering wheel with a built-in multi-function display. Flanking the steering wheel and instrument panel are displays for cameras that are integrated into the front fenders.
The 2016 BladeGlider prototype has a drivetrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering featuring two 130kW electric motors, one for each rear wheel. Together they deliver a total system output of 200kW of power and 707Nm of torque.
That’s enough to allow the 1300kg vehicle to complete the 0-100km/h dash in under five seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 190km/h.
To quell understeer and improve handling, the BladeGlider is also fitted with a torque vectoring system. There are three modes for the prototype’s torque vectoring setup: off, agile and drift.
We know that the BladeGlider has five-module lithium-ion 220kW battery pack, but Nissan has not provided a range estimate for the prototype.
The BladeGlider sits on a 2.8m wheelbase, and measures 4.3m long, 1.3m tall and 1.85m wide.
There are two BladeGlider prototypes in Rio right now: one will go on static display, while the other will be giving rides to VIPs and journalists.