Eye-catching entrance for BladeGlider sports concept
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.