Nissan BladeGlider arrives in Europe
Demonstrating innovation and excitement in every component, the Nissan BladeGlider made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan's latest sports concept will challenge conventional thinking on sports car performance handling, braking and weight distribution. The Nissan BladeGlider features a radical front narrow track layout, where the front is significantly narrower than the rear, creating a swept-wing profile when seen from directly above the vehicle.
First unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, in November 2013, this technology follows in the footsteps of Nissan's ZEOD RC Zero Emission on Demand racecar (ZEOD RC), which will participate at next year's Le Mans "Garage 56" event with the narrow front-track design. Director of Nissan Motorsport Innovation, Ben Bowlby, the designer of the ZEOD RC, also consulted during the development of the BladeGlider.
"When you see the narrow front track layout for the first time, everyone is skeptical on how the car will handle," said Bowlby." The concept has proved itself on the race track running as fast as the overall contenders. And I'm sure the BladeGlider will meet with the same initial skepticism, but we know, after extensive testing on the racetrack with race drivers behind the wheel, the Nissan BladeGlider has the potential to be the best handling production car in the world."
Bowlby outlined the performance advantages of the BladeGlider's narrow front-track/wide rear-track design.