Nissan Land Glider Concept
In creating the Nissan Land Glider concept, planners and designers of
Nissan have conceived a totally new form of personal zero emission mobility
that combines clever, new driving experiences, all in the one compact,
With more than 50% of the worlds population living in big
cities in the near future, designers latched onto motorcycles as
a credible base to start the design process.
While the agility, thrills and freedom of bikes inspired the
designers and engineers, an extra spice was added to the mix.
Tandem architecture became the obvious choice. A unique
two-seater, cocoon-like structure sitting on a zero emission
powertrain. With four-wheel stability and a sense of safety that
originates from a tilting cabin, the Nissan Land Glider Concept
will appeal to both two- and four-wheel driving enthusiasts.
Targeted at city dwellers of all generations, the Nissan Land
Glider Concept is a serious motoring statement of the new era of
mobility that Nissan intends to lead.
Cocoon in the shell
The exterior incorporates a soft, sleek-looking body that
appears to be protected by a special armor, explains Takashi
Nakajima, Nissans Project Design Director. And while it is
very mechanical in its nature, the four-wheeler boasts a dynamic
body design that almost seems alive. As part of Nissans
expanding zero emission family, the Nissan Land Glider Concept
exudes a clean, friendly attitude.
The vehicles two-seater tandem layout is enveloped in what
seems like the canopy of a glider, while its unique `tilt setup
employs a special leaning function that holds occupants firmly
in place even when the vehicle is cornering at angles. In
developing the Land Glider, Nissan designers have created a
two-seater that offers the sense of security of a cocoon, but
delivers real driving pleasure.
Corner and lean
Described as a 'personal city commuter, the Nissan Land
Glider Concept features steering-by-wire and a lean capability
when cornering like a motorcycle that enables the vehicle
and its tires to lean by up to 17 degrees. Able to turn sharply
at nearly any speed, the Nissan Land Glider employs sensors for
vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate to instantly
calculate the level of lean required to negotiate a corner. All
the driver must do is turn and the cabin will lean accordingly.
By enabling the car to lean, designers have succeeded in
minimizing vehicle width and tire tread width, thus achieving a
sleek, futuristic look.
Driven by rear electric motors
With drive coming from two electric motors in the rear
powered by lithium-ion batteries mounted beneath the floor, the
zero-emissions Nissan Land Glider Concept is quick off the mark.
The car also features a non-contact charging system that can be
charged whilst shopping at a supermarket or stopping at a
motorway service station. This system enables vehicles to be
charged cable-less at locations where the infrastructure exists.
To ensure maximum safety whilst driving, engineers have
fitted a car-robotics style crash avoidance system in which
sensors mounted in the body detect other vehicles in the same
way as fish swim in schools without colliding. This system
directs the vehicles path away from any obstacles.
Whilst Nissan Land Glider is a concept car created for the
Tokyo Motor Show, it should not be regarded as a mere design
study. This leaning machine gives a clear direction to how a
future small car from Nissan could look in congested citiesa
clue of what Nissan means by new era of mobility.
Overall Length: 3,100 mm
Overall Width: 1,100 mm
Overall Height: 1,415 mm
Wheelbase: 2,180 mm
Seating Capacity: 2
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