Before us, glinting in the pit-lane early-morning sun, sits one of two BladeGliders in the world; the other is wanging up the Hillclimb. Although formerly a working prototype, the BladeGlider is ready for production, and the will-they-won’t-they to-ing and fro-ing has kept journalists frothing at the mouth since the car’s 2013 reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show.
On Sunday morning at Goodwood, that hope is finally, decisively, dashed. “We have ruled out building the BladeGlider”, says a man I now dislike. “Maybe in 10 or 15 years… we just want you to see and feel the potential.” Nissan has decided the public – and charging infrastructure – is not ready yet for a full-on, “anti-establishment” electric sports car, was Andy Palmer described it during his time at Nissan, for £30,000.
So, rather glum, I don my balaclava and helmet and head out to the pit lane.
The BladeGldier is a fantastic looking piece of kit. Echoing Nissan’s bonkers DeltaWing Le Mans race car, it is similarly arrow-shaped, with a futuristic nose framed by an LED strip and a wider track at the rear, where boomerang LEDs form the tail lights.
Because there’s no engine or transmission, or any need for cooling, the designers have clearly had a field day, fitting huge dihedral doors that are hinged right at the back of the car, and a cockpit-style wraparound windscreen that stops at about head height to leave you open to the elements.