Eye-catch­ing en­trance for BladeGlider sports con­cept

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

ONE of the most eye-catch­ing mod­els at the Geneva Mo­tor Show this week is the fu­tur­is­tic BladeGlider sports con­cept from Nis­san.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers use con­cepts to test out pub­lic re­ac­tion to new ideas and to chal­lenge their en­gi­neers and de­sign teams. The Nis­san BladeGlider en­com­passes all three of these with style.

The front is sig­nif­i­cantly nar­rower than the rear, fol­low­ing on from Nis­san’s sim­i­larly de­signed ZEOD RC Zero Emis­sion on De­mand race­car which will par­tic­i­pate at next year’s Le Mans Garage 56 event.

Di­rec­tor of Nis­san Mo­tor­sport In­no­va­tion, Ben Bowlby, said: “When see­ing the nar­row front track lay­out for the first time, ev­ery­one is scep­ti­cal as to how the car will han­dle. The [ZEOD RC] con­cept has proved it­self, run­ning as fast as the over­all con­tenders. I’m sure the BladeGlider will meet with the same ini­tial scep­ti­cism but we know, af­ter ex­ten­sive test­ing on the race­track with race driv­ers be­hind the wheel, that the Nis­san BladeGlider has the po­ten­tial to be the best han­dling pro­duc­tion car in the world.”

Vis­ually less ex­cit­ing but with a de­sign more likely to end up on our high­ways and by­ways is Honda’s Civic Type R Con­cept which made its world de­but this week.

Honda says that this model will pro­vide “the styling di­rec­tion for the ex­te­rior de­sign of the highly- an­tic­i­pated pro­duc­tion ver­sion that de­buts in 2015”.

Tested at the Nurg­bur­gring Nord­schleife in Ger­many, the Type R Con­cept is built for speed. The front spoiler is de­signed to add down­force, with ver­ti­cal side wings and shaped front bumper to re­duce drag and con­trol air­flow around the front tyres. The up­per and lower front grilles have been en­larged and air out­lets on the bon­net pro­vide cool­ing for the high out­put en­gine.

It is too early for en­gine de­tails but Honda has con­firmed that the forth­com­ing Type R will be the first model in Europe to fea­ture one of its new VTEC turbo en­gines from the Earth Dreams Tech­nol­ogy range.

The two-litre, di­rect in­jec­tion, four-cylin­der turbo is ex­pected to deliver at least 280ps.

STRONG PO­TEN­TIAL: Main pic­ture, the Nis­san BladeGlider sports con­cept; above, Honda Civic Type R Con­cept.

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