The Land Glider is a tilting-body, electric powered, concept
car which Nissan revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Land Glider has a tandem seat layout which allows
for a much narrower overall width than a conventional
car. This means that not only is the frontal area of the
Land Glider smaller - which reduces drag and increases
efficiency - but the narrow profile helps when it comes
to the tilting the vehicle into corners. The maximum tilt
angle for the Land Glider is 17 degrees.
Unlike many tilting vehicles, like the Carver
One and Mercedes
F 300 Life Jet which use a three-wheel layout, the
Nissan Land Glider is a four-wheeled vehicle - like the
Described by Nissan as a "personal city commuter,"
the Land Glider features steering-by-wire and a full-electric
drivetrain. Powering the car is a pair of electric motors
fed by lithium-ion batteries located under the floor to
reduce the centre of gravity. The Nissan Land Glider 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.
Takashi Nakajima, Nissan's Project Design Director said
of the Land Glider. "The exterior incorporates
a soft, sleek-looking body that appears to be protected
by a special armor. And while it is very mechanical in
its nature, the four-wheeler boasts a dynamic body design
that almost seems alive. As part of Nissan's expanding
zero emission family, the Land Glider exudes a clean,
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 vehicle's path away from any obstacles.
Similar and related vehicles:
Mercedes F 300 Life-Jet