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Nissan Builds Spectacular, Road-going Electric DeltaWing

November 8th, 2013 by Jo Borrás 

Nissan BladeGlider EV

The car you see here is the culmination of the collaboration between Nissan and Ben Bowlby, the alien super-brain behind the DeltaWing racecar and Nissan’s upcoming ZEOD RC electric LeMans racer. It’s called the BladeGlider, and it just won all the car shows- the guys from Toyota andMitsubishi might as well pack it up re: Tokyo, and just try harder at the next one.

When I saw the BladeGlider pop up on Jalopnik this morning …

My face, when I saw it.

… yeah. It was like that.

As far as the hardware is concerned, Nissan’s BladeGlider reportedly uses a number of existing Leaf components, from drive bits to batteries, making it a simple enough thing to put into production if, you know, I’m a good boy and Santa grants all my Christmas wishes or something- and I might be! Nissan’s official word on the topic makes it seem like that’s a when, not an if. From the press release: “When BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors. The in-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while also contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.”

Oh, yeah!

As an exercise in packaging existing hardware into a sexier, slinkier package, the BladeGlider wins, hand-down. It’s the sexiest Nissan Leaf you’ll ever be able to buy, and- with three seats- you might even be able to talk the wife into one. Maybe. (Hopefully).