Nissan intends to build a production version of this radical concept car, which has a triangular shape inspired by hang gliders and so-called “swept wing” aircraft.
The BladeGlider is the brainchild of designer Ben Bowlby, who conceived of two similarly shaped race cars: the roofless DeltaWing, which raced this year in several series, and a new closed-top model called the Nissan ZEOD RC, which will race next year.
Though the BladeGlider might look unstable with its skinny nose, it most definitely is not. That’s because 70 percent of the vehicle’s weight rests on the rear wheels, while a special underbody tray creates enough downforce to glue the vehicle to the road without needing the typical wings and spoilers used to enhance airflow on conventional vehicles. The triangular shape drastically reduces weight while enhancing aerodynamic efficiency. The driver sits in the middle, flanked by two passengers behind.
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