It's a rare thing for pie-in-the-sky concepts to make production relatively unmolested. Edges are usually softened, mirrors made bigger and wheels shrunken into something that will be less backbreaking and easier to see out of on public roads. And while the essence of many concepts can still find their way into production, the wackier parts found in their concept forms often end up as nothing more than flights of fancy.

That makes news of the strange Nissan BladeGlider being considered for production rather interesting. You'll recall that the BladeGlider Concept debuted in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, featuring a McLaren-esque three-seat V layout, an electric drivetrain and a narrow front track like the DeltaWing and ZEOD RC. Understandably, perhaps, Nissan has been touting it as "reinventing the performance car." Everything about it screamed "concept."

Now comes word from Car in the UK that the car may actually make it to production. Quoting Nissan vice president Andy Palmer, "It's in our mid-term plan." "Our intention is to do it," he says. Now, Palmer has plenty of sway, but this should hardly be taken as an absolute confirmation that the triangle-shaped car would be coming. It is, however, a very promising sign. Palmer evidently sees the BladeGlider as a way to cajole young people into becoming car enthusiasts, which suggests Nissan might try to make it inexpensive. Alternatively, the BladeGlider could form the basis of a small-volume racecar, but it isn't clear what racing organization would have it.

Either way, before the BladeGlider can be green-lit, the Japanese company's lawyers need to sort things out with Don Panoz. The American businessman turned car builder is suing Nissan due to a striking similarity between Panoz's DeltaWing racer – which Nissan helped campaign at Le Mans – and the Japanese automaker's ZEOD RC and BladeGlider Concepts. Panoz has already filed a cease-and-desist letter and is apparently targeting full intellectual copyrights.

If Nissan ends up besting Panoz in court, though, it seems there's at least one powerful voice in Nissan that wants to see this car happen. Would you consider a production BladeGlider or would Nissan be better off building a more traditional sports car? If the BladeGlider did make production, do you think it'd retain its pure EV setup or run a conventional engine? Let us know in Comments.


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      Design1stCode2nd
      • 11 Months Ago
      Depends on price and performance, as always. Make is fast and cheap enough and they will come regardless of how it looks. Personally the driver's view looks a bit like an F1 car so I can see people buying it.
      KAG
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why not, that car will only need a small motor so why not.
      Burglar
      • 11 Months Ago
      So let me get this right: Ben Bowlby comes up with the wacky design to pitch as the next Indy car, funded by Chip Ginassi. Indy doesn't bite, so Panoz and Bowlby get the car built and approved for LeMans, with Nissan power and Michelin developing the unique tires. It's a media hit. Panoz buys the old partners out of the project and decides to try to make it the spec ALMS car with Mazda power. Nissan in a stroke of brilliance hires Bowlby and they get clean sheet the same basic concepts with the ZEOD and BladeGlider. Panoz throws a shizz fit because he bought a complete beta test instead of the brains behind it. He wants the only Ace & Gary mobile. So isn't this like when Creedence Clearwater Revival tried to sue John Fogarty because his solo stuff sounded too much like CCR?
      flammablewater
      • 11 Months Ago
      My question is: why BladeGlider? Blade or Glider would have been great names. Here's some more word combinations they could have thrown together for no reason: KnifePlane SharpMissile RazorRocket PointyBird
        bonehead
        • 11 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        when i hear that name i think of the toyota product in japan called the "Blade Master G"
      Jerold Pearson
      • 11 Months Ago
      If it's an EV or an extended range EV -- and especially if it's not priced too high -- I would lease or buy this in a heartbeat!
      sfblog
      • 11 Months Ago
      So AB, the Nissan is "bizzaro" and the bike from a few posts up from Sway is "trick?"
      CoolWaters
      • 11 Months Ago
      Interesting, what's the hp, range, price and battery capacity?
      CoolWaters
      • 11 Months Ago
      And headroom, it's a roadster, but then you can put the top back on. What will the headroom be?
      SethG
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is there any reason they won't be able to move as many of these as crosscabriolets?
      PixelApex
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wonder how it will do in small overlap crash test... ;)
      JB
      • 11 Months Ago
      Almost like this famous car: http://www.m3post.com/forums/attachment.php?s=a6dd2b70b70829560b3fb2f8db041d9a&attachmentid=772414&stc=1&d=1351445060
      EJD1984
      • 11 Months Ago
      Maybe with Fozzy Bear driving it.
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