Nissan released their newest prototype, the concept car EV sports car BladeGlider, on 4 August in Brazil. The vehicle utilizes an EV powertrain produced by Williams Advanced Engineering in the UK.
Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a subsidiary of F1 Williams, announced they would be working with Nissan on developing technology for Nissanâ€™s high end NISMO motorsports ventures as well as other high end consumer vehicles in June of 2013. WAE, headquartered in the UK, is involved in engineering technology utilize in the realm of motorsports for the consumer market.
The Nissan BladeGlider utilizes both a battery and motor developed by WAE, the motor boasting a maximum output of 268hp and a maximum torque of 72.1kgm. The vehicle weighs in at 1,300kg, can do 0 â€“ 100km/h in under 5 seconds, and tops out at 190km/h.
The vehicle houses a 5 module 220kW high efficiency lithium ion battery and is equipped with a specially developed cleaning system for the battery and motor.
Furthermore, the vehicle also includes a system that controls wheel torque. Handling has been greatly improved; for instance, if under steering occurs, more torque is automatically applied to the outside wheels, helping to curb the effects of under steering. This system does not constitute torque control, but was designed to improve driving ability and includes 3 modes: off, agile, and drift.
[Translated by Bryce Clarke]