The Tokyo Motor Show 2013 is upon us, and with it there are sure to be some more crazy-looking autos that look like they drove in to the real world off the set of a futuristic sci-fi film. Followers of the festive fun have gotten used to the extraordinary concoctions over the years. Unfortunately, the prototypes presented often don’t find their way into production.
With the BladeGlider, however, that’s a reality auto manufacturer Nissan plans to ignore.
Now we know what you’re thinking: what’s a cool name like BladeGlider doing hitched to a company that typically plays it safe? After all, Nissan makes a fine car, but they often go the practical route. You would picture your 80-year-old Aunt Dody driving one around before you would a chic magnet. Their sedans get great gas mileage and have a passable amount of room on the interiors, but they don’t exactly scream bad mamma-jamma.
BladeGlider, on the other hand, does. With its sweet angles and TRON-esque design it’s more Blade Runner than Driving Miss Daisy. However, Nissan hasn’t sacrificed its functionality. This baby’s all-electric. It sports two electric motors — one on each wheel — and is estimated to get around 200 miles out of a single charge. Furthermore, it was designed by legend Ben Bowlby, Nissan’s head of motorsport innovation. Over the years, Bowlby has given us the ZEOD RC and DeltaWing, both of which served as templates for his new design.
While you won’t be taking this one on family trips on account of its three-passenger seating configuration, you will enjoy driving an eco-friendly car with a respectable amount of get-up-and-go that doesn’t look like it was designed by a four-year-old. Watch for this one to enter production soon.