Nissan unveils radical deltoid-shaped street car

10:07 AM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
Nissan says its BladeGlider, debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, is the future direction of Nissan electric vehicles(Photo: Nissan Wieck)
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(USA TODAY) -- Nissan has unveiled a prototype vehicle that is as startling in its exterior design as its revolutionary powerplant.

It's being called the Nissan BladeGlider, a deltoid-style concept car that is derived from the shape of an experimental racer that Nissan has been trying out. It has a long, narrow nose with its wide-stance wheels in back. The shape is meant to evoke the lithe grace of a glider combined with the speed of a swept-wing aircraft, but to the average observer, it may remind them more of a top-fuel dragster.

BladeGlider is going to be formally unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

"The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics," said Francois Bancon, division general manager of product strategy for Nissan in a statement.

By placing the front wheel only about a yard apart, BladeGlider's Bancon says that new car will be light and fast. If Nissan becomes a production vehicle -- the automaker is hinting at the possibility -- it will mark the first use of in-wheel motors.

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