In advance of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the BladeGlider, a working prototype of a vehicle which promises to provide a combination of zero-emissions with high-performance in a futuristic sports car design.

Derived from a concept which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the BladeGlider is said to represent Nissan’s commitment to develop new environmentally-conscious automotive technologies, including autonomous drive systems and connectivity.

Nissan says that the BladeGlider was designed, engineered and developed over a period of two years, driven by a vision for creating an EV that offered agility and efficiency along with driving fun and excitement. The “glide” designation comes from the the whisper-quiet operation of its powertrain and aerodynamic shape.

The BladeGlider features high-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors and an open roof to provide a dramatic presence that resembles an open-topped race car. Inside the cabin, advanced displays render the speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Also included are two screens fed from rear-view cameras that are combined with a seamless windshield provide drivers with a panoramic view.

Power for the BladeGlider is supplied by two 130kW electric motors fed by a lithium-ion 220kW battery. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and reach a top speed of 190 km/h. A torque vectoring system offering disabled, agile and drift modes is also incorporated into the drivetrain to improve handling.

The BladeGlider will be on display in Rio de Janeiro throughout the month of August.

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