Ready for four new Nissan sports cars?
BladeGlider, IDX, new GT-R and 370Z replacement are all on the way. Nissan’s VP reveals details
Posted: 15 Jan 2014
Developed from Nissan's work with the Delatwing and ZEOD race cars, the triangular BladeGilder will be, in Palmer's words, "a full-electric [sports car], 70 per cent weight distribution to the rear, handles like nothing in this world."
It's a car, he says, that will reengage with a generation for whom the car - especially the sports car - has been demonised as a polluting monster. "I wanted to create guilt-free fun, just the best-handling sports car you've ever driven, but with zero emissions."
Palmer says that, in the BladeGlider's case, an EV powertrain is an aid rather than hindrance. "Batteries actually help, because you can get a lot of weight way down and way back, and that fits with [Deltawing designer] Ben Bowlby's work with us on that wing type of concept."
"The biggest issue wasn't the technical challenge. It's getting people to believe that it'll work. But it does. It drifts neutrally, you just point it where you want to go..."