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Nissan BladeGlider Concept Radical Delta Shape

The BladeGlider s shape was strongly by the DeltaWing race car.

its cue from the radical DeltaWing car, Nissan plans to the new deltoid-shaped BladeGlider concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor – and the way the prototype gets its power is as as the design itself.

“A clean was the starting point for this explains Francois Bancon, head of product strategy. The was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to new emotions, provide new value and visible for consumers how Zero can help redefine our conception of basics.”

The rear of the Nissan concept is nearly twice as as the front.

The Tokyo Motor has a history of providing show-goers wild, weird and wacky vehicles.  But unlike most of the unveiled at the biennial event, is broadly hinting that the could reappear in production in the not-too-distant future.

The concept vehicle’s shape, its long, tapered nose and rear, immediately brings to a fighter jet and, in a sense, the two much in common, as automotive have come to realize improving aerodynamics can significantly fuel consumption, improve and enhance vehicle stability, at high speeds.

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In its preliminary runs, the racer proved it could up with some of the most vehicles on the Le Mans race despite having a significantly engine.  Equally important, it half the fuel which it the advantage of having to make pit stops.

To give perspective to the radical the BladeGlider measures just 3.3 at the front, but 5.9 feet in the rear.  the DeltaWing, the concepts front are relatively close together, the rear tires are positioned in the classic automotive layout.

The s power comes from two motors mounted in the rear.

The might seem to defy automotive logic as the BladeGlider has a front-to-rear weight distribution, in contrast to the 50/50 layout ideal for today’s cars. the extensive use of lightweight carbon reduces vehicle weight, the concept’s rigidity and helps a design with significant downforce.

The interior is laid out in an 1+2 configuration, two passengers sitting to the rear of the driver.  When the are opened, the driver’s seat out of the way to allow access to the rear

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BladeGlider was by Ben Bowlby, who also drafted the DeltaWing and the Zero-Emission On Demand, or racer Nissan will in the 2014 race at Le Mans.  He was by both the F14 fighter jet and the elegant of high-performance gliders.

By its very the DeltaWing shape with its front 4-inch-wide tires. rear track, and downforce underbody does not need rear wings like race cars to keep it to the road,” Bowlby explains.

But Nissan’s clean sheet doesn’t stop with the design. The powertrain could just as revolutionary.

Nissan BladeGlider

The BladeGlider an unusual, three-seat layout the driver riding ahead of the two

Instead of using an electric that simply replaces a gasoline engine under the Nissan is using twin one mounted inside each of the wheels.  That approach has a of potential advantages.  Among things, it eliminates the need for a engine compartment. It moves directly to the wheels and makes it to adjust the torque coming out of driven wheel.

In turn, makes it possible to “vector” to help steer through

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The downside is that there’s unsprung mass – or weight in wheel, something automotive normally try to engineer out.

isn’t the only automaker the concept of using in-wheel In fact, former General tech chief Bob Purcell is CEO of Motors, a start-up developing motor technology.  The concept first saw use, albeit in form, on the very first designed by the legendary Ferdinand more than a century

But Nissan hopes to be the first to use the in production form in a modern Translating the BladeGlider from to customer could be challenging. other things, it will to adapt to strict new crash that could prove with the unusual shape of the nose.

But Nissan seems as to using a delta design on the as it is on the track.

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