Nissan is looking to raise the bar for electric car design with the launch of a working prototype of its Blade Glider.
The streamlined three-seater first courted the interest of electric car enthusiasts as a concept at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013.
But the company disappointed fans when it then dropped the idea of putting the car into production, Engadget reported.
Nearly three years later, Nissan has successfully transformed the stunning concept into a high performance, road-ready prototype.
Unfortunately, it’s still unlikely to go on sale but the Japanese manufacturer said the engineering, which was co-created with the Williams F1 team, will inform future Nissan designs.
The electric vehicle is powered by two 130kW motors, one for each back wheel, accelerates from 0-62mph in under five seconds and hits a top speed of 115mph.
Mimicking the design of the iconic McLaren F1, the Blade Glider driver’s seat is positioned at the front of the car and flanked by two rear seats. Meanwhile, rear-hinge dihedral doors open upwards in a menacing statement of intent.
The car’s designers were so committed to shaping an aerodynamic design that they even substituted interior screens for wing-mirrors.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan. said in a press statement: “These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility.
“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.”
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