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28 June 2017

Nissan BladeGlider Testing Performance At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Nissan is taking its BladeGlider electric prototype from display car to racer at UK’s renowned Festival of Speed hill climb.

The Japanese automaker took the sports car for Supercar test runs on the first three days of the race. It will speed through the circuit again this Sunday, the final day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Before then, visitors will be able to take an up-close look at the unusual electric vehicle.

First unveiled in 2013 and shown at the summer Olympics last August in Rio de Janeiro, the company said it represents ongoing commitment to zero emission vehicles, Intelligent Mobility automated features, and sports-car driving capabilities. Nissan calls the all-electric BladeGlider “high performance in a revolutionary sports car design.”

Nissan first took the BladeGlider for a run in February at the Formula One street circuit in Monaco. Actress Margo Robbie, known for starring in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Suicide Squad,” took the supercar for a ride at midnight on the track.

You can view Robbie playing the role of Nissan’s new ambassador for Electric Vehicles and Intelligent Mobility in this video.

The automaker has yet to reveal a launch date for car buyers, but technology enhancements have been added for the racing circuit.

The demonstration model on display this week has an advanced chassis configuration. Nissan designed it with a narrow front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability. It has an integrated roll-over protection structure, allowing for the fun of an open-topped racer with the safety of a coupe.

UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering worked with Nissan to enhance powertrain performance. It has a high-performance, five-module, lithium ion 220 kW battery.

The demonstration models can go slightly faster than 190 kilometers per hour (118 mph), and can go from zero to 100 km/h (62.13 mph) in less than five seconds.

The BladeGlider gets some of its power through two 130 kW electric motors. There’s one for each wheel on the rear-wheel drive.

Torque shoots out to the wheels through a torque vectoring feature, which controls the power output delivered to the driven wheels. That helps control the car during a run, such as if the sports car starts to under-steer. More torque gets transferred to the outside wheel to bring back handling balance.

The torque vectoring system has three settings: off, agile, and drift mode.

You can view a B-roll video to get a look at how the electric sports car performs on the track.

The driver gets to view an advanced display screen where all of that can be monitored. Metrics such as speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode, and torque map, are shown.

Aerodynamic design was factored in for the racing circuit. Instead of door-mounted mirrors, the driver can view a dual screen to watch rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels, improving aerodynamic efficiency. The driver sits forward in the arrowhead formation, just in front of two passengers who get extended legroom in the three-seater.

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A seamless cockpit windscreen gives all of them a panoramic view. They can enter and exit the sports car through rear-hinged dihedral doors that look like wings.

You can also get a good look at the BladeGlider being run on a test track last year in the photo gallery below.

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