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Nissan s revolutionary trapezoidal Concept defies convention

s Bladeglider Concept is not your sportscar for starters, it has three it s electric, and it has a shape never seen on the road.

The BladeGlider to be shown by Nissan at the Tokyo Show this month no doubt cause a stir the general populace for its radical but it just might represent a moment in the history of the automobile. Ben Bowlby conceived the vehicle’s architecture in December 2008, he a far more efficient automobile current form factors

Just five years the same trapezoid form will be the marquee unveiling at one of the important car shows in the world. The it is so important, and yes, revolutionary, is the Bladeglider (nee ZEOD RC. nee Deltawing ) has a low aerodynamic drag coefficient, it uses considerably less to achieve the same performance as a car using the same powerplant – as little as half the energy.

It is a perfect choice for an electric where energy storage is range anxiety is high, and EVs still need all the help can get in balancing performance with the considerations of the public roads.

When the Deltawing made its in the Le Mans 24 Hour race. it just six hours before it was in an accident caused by another It qualified a highly respectable but its race pace was at the bottom end of the class and most of the remarkable it achieved that weekend overlooked because it did not feature in the

During the six hours it ran at Le Mans, it was half the fuel of its competitors and twice the distance on a set of tires. the front tires were much better than the but in time-honored tradition they got when the rears did, so we know how much less they were experiencing next June when resume once more.

As  Track  magazine pointed out in its of the car’s efforts: “50 percent is the prevalent figure and frame of with the Dan Gurney -built Bowlby s four-wheeled declaration was to life to prove that performance to that of the class-leading can be achieved with half the half the power, and half the and tire consumption.”

That’s the point of the Bladeglider. It is efficient by design, and not trying to the traditional shape of the automobile efficient. It represents new thought, and should be congratulated for its boldness in the concept of rearranging the four of the “square car.”

Unlike all concept cars, which are to assess public opinion, the Bladeglider already seems for production. Normally, radical get tentatively proposed as highly in case the post-event market bombs.

Hence, the Nissan release carries some as bold as the concept itself: than a concept, Nissan is both a proposal for the future of Nissan electric vehicle development and an exploratory prototype of an production vehicle from the leading EV manufacturer.

A new brand

Just as Nismo is being as an automotive brand in its own right by ZEOD will also to be a stand-alone brand too. An for “Zero Emissions On Demand,” will wear a host of values such as innovative sustainable energy and environmentally-responsible and be the banner name for Nissan’s and hybrid production cars 2015 onwards.

The car on which the name ZEOD emerged, is the direct forebear of the

When all else around it is rapidly, the fundamental design of the industry’s products has proven to be as stubbornly unyielding as marine once was. Nissan’s ZEOD brand might the catalyst needed to begin up the tight constraints society’s has wrapped around the concept of the as personal transport.

The story not be complete without acknowledgement of Ben and Deltawing Racing for their and contribution to our collective understanding of automobiles.

This timeline  of the remarkably gestation cycle between and what appears to be the beginning of a roll-out highlights just how ideas travel in the current age of communications.

Many people understood that light and good aerodynamics are the key to performance but when history judges the Bowlby and the Deltawing team may yet be to the same rung as Colin (Lotus), Enzo Ferrari and Bruce McLaren (McLaren).

A nod must also go to Dan  who has consistently been one of great innovators, from his constructors history, where he won a One race driving a car of his own manufacture, the Gurney Flap. the Alligator design and many other executions. His most endearing to all for those who truly love the Gurney  began  the of spraying champagne on the victor’s when he won the Le Mans 24 hour in 1967. Gurney was also the person to wear a full helmet in Formula One.

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Half a century later, not yet finished innovating.

Starting a clean sheet – NOT!

The press statement yesterday thus: “A clean slate was the point for this project, led by Bancon, division general of Product Strategy and Product at Nissan. The goal was to revolutionize the of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, new value and make visible for how Zero Emissions can help our conception of vehicle basics, Bancon.”

Of course it’s not a clean sheet because the is unmistakably the direct descendant of the Deltawing and came from the place as the twinkle in Ben Bowlby s

A simple tape measure confirm that much of the is a direct lift from original concept of a narrow track (in this case 1.0 and a wide stable rear (1.8 meters) to enable a which reduces aerodynamic and enhances maneuverability. The traditional 50-50 weight distribution of the design is close to 30-70 in design, but as the stopwatch at Le Mans attest, it goes around just as fast, if not faster, a conventional layout.

Instead of the convention 1.6 liter combustion engine originally for the Deltawing, the electric drivetrain of the further enhances the strengths of the as the lithium ion battery packs can be in the most convenient places to optimal weight distribution, and the in-wheel electric motors further free up the shape of the to help it leave the air as undisturbed as The wedge-shaped frontal profile of the is only one factor in the total equation – aerodynamic efficiency is all leaving the air behind a vehicle and hence it’s the back of the Bladeglider that plays the significant role in its streamlining.

construction too is vitally important. The shape of the automobile was dictated by the construction materials and techniques of 150 ago. Now we have the benefits of fiber and carbon fiber-reinforced to apply to chassis and body the trapezoid shape can be implemented far effectively without the performance-restricting that metallic construction have mandated.

Indeed, the Deltawing which ran at Le achieved similar downforce as with massive rear without the aerodynamic drag the appropriately named spoilers


All said, the Bladeglider might be the start of an automotive design and I’m feeling very privileged I’ll be in Tokyo to see it happen.

s promo video released of the Tokyo debut is below.

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