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Nissan's BladeGlider concept is designed as an EV that's fun to drive

Featuring a style that's closer to other concept cars than it is to passenger vehicles, the BladeGlider will be on display in Rio de Janiero this month. I wonder why something would be in Rio this month...

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This ain't your average concept.

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BladeGlider, which is an amazing name, was built as an electric vehicle that's also fun to drive.

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Its rear wheels feature individual electric motors.

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Net output is 268 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque.

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It's not particularly fast, but it's quick enough. Top speed is a low 118 mph, but 60 mph arrives in less than five seconds.

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Are these technically billionaire doors? I don't remember the specifics of that joke.

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The rear end is a little bit BMW i8, a little bit DeltaWing.

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The front and rear tracks are different, like DeltaWing, to improve aerodynamics and cut down on excess weight.

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The interior looks like it was plucked right out of a Le Mans prototype.

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The screens on either side of the wheel act as rearview mirrors, replacing physical mirrors.

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Like a McLaren F1, the front seat sits in the center of the car, with two more seats behind it.

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This thing is positively ridiculous, and I'm actually kind of sad it'll never make it to market in this form.

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Then again, the crazy BMW i8 hybrid supercar could probably use some equally wacky competition...

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With the complex angles going on here, I shudder to think what a car like this would actually cost.

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If you happen to be in Rio de Janiero this month, I suggest seeking it out and seeing it in person.

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