We rode on one of the most unusual Nissan on track at Goodwood
Electric for "Festival of speed" at Goodwood among the racing cars with huge motors, exuding aromas of gasoline and oil? Sounds like you showed up at a cocktail party and asked for non-alcoholic beer! But the government pushed the automakers to the wall, so much so that even Porsche and Mercedes-Benz amid the "diesel scandal" decided to engage in a normal race and gone over to the "Formula E". So "train" is now in favor, and Nissan in General believe that they can be addictive for the driver. And unusual concept car BladeGlider.
The triangle is our everything!
The first version of the Nissan BladeGlider made its debut back in 2013 at the motor show in Tokyo, and hardly anyone was surprised by his triangular form with a narrow front track and wide rear. At that time, Nissan experimented with this theme, rolling in the first race the DeltaWing prototype, and then the hybrid Zeod RC. However, nothing remarkable, they are not remembered but the collision of the "Deltawing" with the crew of the factory Toyota team in the marathon "24 hours of Le Mans" — the Japanese have no luck there in the past 20 years.
In General, about the project as something quietly forgotten, but suddenly in the past year, Nissan showed the BladeGlider updated. And here he stands in the pit lane of the track at Goodwood. No, not the one which is the official climbing the hill, and this, closed into a ring. It closed for racing in 1966 because of low security, as in the 1970s, then crashed Bruce McLaren. Nissan BladeGlider released only in 2 copies and each of them pulls over 2 million euros. Are you guys serious?
Huge lifting door provides access into a triple cockpit — sports "bucket" of the driver located at the center (as in the McLaren F1!), to sit in it very comfortably. Before my eyes — a small wheel with buttons and a display. No mirrors — their functions 2 screens at the edges of the front panel, which receives the image from the rear view camera. To start, you need only to turn on the switch on the steering wheel and release the brake pedal.
Racing the train
4 years ago I went on the electric track was the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept, which, however, has nothing to do with serial "Bodice". But BladeGlider faster — two electric motors for 130 kW rotate each of the rear wheels and accelerates it up to hundreds less than 5 seconds. Presses! Initially cautious — almost the entire route consists of fast turns, and the coating is uneven in places. But soon you realize that nothing! Here is the back grippy tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 "adult" dimension 265/35 R19 front and installed powerful brakes with composite rotors. It is possible not to stand on ceremony.
Sensation unusual. The acceleration is absolutely linear, you can hear only the howling of the motors, and the head starts to rage the wind when the speed exceeds 150 km/h (able to accelerate to 170 in the passport the maximum speed of 190 km/h) — the roof! And most importantly, the Nissan BladeGlider is very sensitive to the wheel, so the movement should be smooth and short. The trajectories also have to choose with an eye on wider rear track — otherwise the wheels will get on the curbs. Interestingly, there is a system of thrust vector control — if the machine starts to slip the front axle out, the electronics automatically increases torque to the outer rear wheel to tuck her in. There is even a drift mode!
But for a few laps spent behind the wheel, I did not understand, what should make potential buyers to abandon the traditional sports cars in favor of "Blackrider". Thing is nimble, but the feeling of landing and the shape of the body in fact offers nothing. And the sound and vibration from the engine — still an integral part of sports cars — he doesn't have. Moreover, the battery lasts about 20 rounds, after which the machine have to connect to the grid. However, Nissan and prepares it for serial production BladeGlider will continue to be used for PR activities and exhibitions. For example, the BladeGlider drove VIP-guests of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro last year.