Nissan BladeGlider Takes To Track At Goodwood Festival Of Speed – Video


Nissan’s BladeGlider prototype, promoted earlier this year with Margot Robbie, has made its European public debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Nissan BladeGlider at Goodwood

Truthfully, it has been quite awhile time since we first saw the concept (2013), we had hoped it could have be a teaser for some new production model.

At that time, Nissan was still saying that will introduce four electric models just like Renault, but only the e-NV200 van supplemented LEAF (anyone remember the Infiniti LE that almost made it to production a half-dozen times?).

The Nissan BladeGlider is definitely a quick vehicle, but not insanely quick we would say:

  • 190 km/h (115 mph) top speed
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than five seconds
  • two 130 kW electric motors for the rear wheels (total system power stands at 200 kW) with torque vectoring
  • high performance five module lithium-ion  battery (220 kW output power)

Nissan’s technical partner for the BladeGlider project is Williams Advanced Engineering.

We noted that this time Nissan used bespoke cooling systems for the batteries.

Nissan BladeGlider at Goodwood

Nissan BladeGlider at Goodwood

Nissan BladeGlider at Goodwood

About the BladeGlider:

Nissan BladeGlider

“The vehicles, an advanced evolution of the BladeGlider concept car first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013, symbolize future technologies that will combine Intelligent Mobility, reduced environmental impact and sports-car driving capabilities.

The BladeGlider prototype forms part of Nissan’s on-going commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles and new automotive technologies including autonomous drive systems and connectivity. Nissan already sells the world’s highest-volume zero-emission car, the LEAF, and is pioneering Intelligent Mobility systems that will be deployed in a range of vehicles over coming years.

With the BladeGlider, Nissan’s vision was for an agile, efficient EV that would provide new dimensions of driving fun and excitement – a car that would ‘glide’, thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape.

Nissan BladeGlider

After two years of work on design, engineering and development, Nissan BladeGlider has evolved further into an exciting, real-life study into the potential of advanced EV performance. BladeGlider epitomises Intelligent Mobility, a philosophy to make its cars more exciting by redefining how they are driven, powered and integrated into society.

The demonstration models feature an advanced chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability.

High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide a dramatic entry and exit to the cabin. The open roof of BladeGlider is reinforced with an integrated roll-over protection structure, providing the exhilaration of an open-topped race car with the safety of a coupé.

Wheel-mounted controls for BladeGlider’s systems feed into an advanced display showing speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens, with the images of rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels. An alternative to door-mounted mirrors, this dual screen design improves the aerodynamic efficiency of BladeGlider. The driver sits in arrowhead formation slightly in front of two passengers, who enjoy extended legroom. The view for all occupants is panoramic, thanks to the seamless cockpit windscreen.

Nissan BladeGlider

Power is 100 percent electric, with exceptional powertrain performance delivered by Nissan’s technical partner for the BladeGlider project, UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering. Maximum speed of the demonstration models is in excess of 190km/h*, with 0-100km/h taking less than 5 seconds*. The rear wheels’ drive is provided by two 130kW electric motors – one for each wheel.

The system features torque vectoring, controlling the torque delivered to the driven wheels, improving the handling even further. With torque vectoring, if the car starts to under-steer, it automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore the handling balance.

Designed to add to the driving experience rather than govern it, the torque vectoring systems has three settings: off, agile and drift mode.

Power is supplied by a high performance five module lithium-ion 220kW battery. Bespoke cooling systems have been developed for both the battery and the motors.

Nissan BladeGlider

The interior of the BladeGlider reflects the vehicles’ sporting intentions, with four point safety harnesses for each occupant.

The seats offer exceptional support to sides and legs of the driver and passengers. The seats are trimmed in a highly tactile blend of fabric and epoxy resin coating, resulting in a tough and grippy material that has the effect of comfortably adhering occupants securely in place.

There are two colour trims – Cyber Green and Stealth Orange. These colours are used for the upper portions of the seat back, and framed with a silver reflective material to create an eye-catching, sporty look.

The base of the seats are in black, patterned material, with a band of green and orange trim framing the cushion.”

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7 Comments on "Nissan BladeGlider Takes To Track At Goodwood Festival Of Speed – Video"

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Build it, Sell it, or take it home.

“Bespoke cooling systems have been developed for both the battery and the motors.”

So Nissan does know how to do active TMS !! Yet it appears Leaf 2.0 won’t have it.

We will know in a few months for sure if the Leaf 2.0 is still without a TMS for its batteries. I suspect the 40 kWh 2018 Leaf (2.0) will be WITHOUT an active TMS, but there is a slight chance on the 60 kWh 2018 Leaf (2.0+).
Not holding my breath on Nissan and their 2018 Leaf TMS batteries.

Are the 2013+ models having the same degradation issues as the 2011/12’s? It really seems to have gone quiet on the Leaf battery degradation front. Maybe all that bad press on those initial models lingers and current generation is not as bad?
Maybe they could offer TMS as an option, so if you live in mild climate you can save a few $’s.
Surprisingly, Leaf is still selling reasonably well, so either that battery issue is not known to buyers or it really isn’t as bad as made out.

Was Margot Robbie driving?

This Blade Glider doesn’t do it for me, looks unstable. I find it funny these companies can spend all the money on something once off like this, but not on an actual vehicle that would actually make some money.
Widen the front stance to fit 2 people, and bingo, you have something that would look good, be functional, and probably sell ok. People still seem to like buying open top roadsters, even if in limited numbers, it would return something on the investment that this never will.

As I mentioned before I really doubt Nissan would have designed and made the 130 kW motors specifically for the Blade Glider. A 130 kW for a Leaf would be an useful upgrade from the current 80 kW.