Nissan BladeGlider Electric Sports Car Unveiled in Rio de Janeiro

The Nissan BladeGlider electric sports car first introduced as a concept in 2013 is back as a near-production-ready prototype.

Unveiled in Brazil ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony, Nissan is calling it “high performance in a revolutionary sports car design.”

You may remember the radical DeltaWing race car that resulted in a long legal dispute between Nissan and Panoz over the design and who owns it.

Apparently that hasn’t stopped Nissan from borrowing the design characteristics of the DeltaWing to produce the prototype car.

Nissan engineers have worked for two years refining the vehicle’s design and engineering, and the company says that car would “glide,” thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape.

Drive comes from two 130-kilowatt electric motors, one for each rear wheel, which are powered by a five-module 220-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.

Combined peak power output of the motors is 268 horsepower and 521 pounds-feet of torque.

The BladeGlider is said to be capable of 0-62 mph in less than 5 seconds, and have a top speed in excess of 118 mph.

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A key feature of the electric powertrain is a torque vectoring function, which controls the amount of torque being delivered to each individual wheel.

The system has three modes to change the driving characteristics: Off, Agile and Drift.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the car represents a future direction of Nissan;’s sustainable mobility.

“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility,” said Ghosn. “Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers.”

The BladeGlider has a partially open roof with an integrated rollover safety structure, a layout that Nissan says mixes the open-top feel of a race car with the safety of a coupe.

High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide entry and exit to the cabin, which has a race car-inspired interior.

The car has three seats, with a central driver’s seat flanked by one on each side and slightly behind.

Steering wheel-mounted displays show the state of battery charge, level of regenerative braking and traction control setting.

Nissan marketing head Roel de Vries told British publication Autocar that even though the prototype car is close to production, there are no production plans for now.

Two Nissan BladeGliders are in Rio. One will be on static display while the second will offer “dynamic rides” to media and VIPs.