The oddly shaped concept can reach 62 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds.

The arrow-shaped Nissan BladeGlider concept is back after originally debuting at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, this isn’t just the old show car arriving on the scene again because Nissan updates the EV’s styling to make it look even more futuristic. The revised design premieres in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just in time for the beginning of the Olympics. One will be on static display there, and a second will offer rides to VIPs.

When the BladeGlider originally debuted, Nissan only admitted that it used in-wheel electric motors on the rear wheels with a lithium-ion battery for power. However, the company gives away the full specs for this iteration. The latest concept makes a total of 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 521.5 pound-feet (707 Newton-meters) of torque from two motors. The powertrain gets the 2,866-pound (1,300-kilogram) vehicle to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than five seconds and to a top speed of 115 mph (190kph).

“Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that,” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said.

The updated BladeGlider keeps the narrow front, wider rear design from the original concept, including the 1+2 seating inside. The styling is quite different, though. The V-shaped headlight dominates the front end and accentuates the sharp, black fenders. Rather than the earlier model’s flowing lines along the side, the new one’s profile has more chiseled features. There’s still an intake around the broad rear fenders, though. The top is now partially open and features a central spine that splits to connect to the windshield’s corners. The result is wraparound glass that would provide fantastic outward visibility.

Nissan calls the latest BladeGlider a “working prototype,” but it doesn’t indicate whether production could happen. Last year, the company downplayed the possibility, though. There was also a lawsuit between the automaker and DeltaWing over allegations the BladeGlider had too similar of a design.

Source: Nissan

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