Nissan Land Glider Concept Highlighted for Tokyo Motor Show

 Nissan Land Glider Concept Highlighted for Tokyo Motor Show
Nissan Land Glider Concept

Features a motorcycle-inspired body tilting design

Nissan has announced plans to introduce the radical Land Glider Concept at Tokyo Motor Show.

Envisioned as an ultra-efficient urban transport vehicle, the concept was designed to resemble the canopy of the glider. Inside, the traditional steering wheel is replaced with something that looks more at home in a modern jet aircraft. Other goodies include two information displays, a rear passenger seat, and premium leather upholstery.

Riding on a motorcycle-inspired Tandem architecture, the Land Glider and its tires can lean up to 17 degrees in turns. To do this, the concept features an advanced ride control system that uses sensors for "vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate to instantly calculate the level of lean required to negotiate a corner." Thanks to the system, drivers can "...turn sharply at nearly any speed."

Power comes from two electric motors that are connected to lithium-ion batteries mounted underneath the floor. More importantly, the Land Glider features a non-contact charging system that enables it to be recharged at any wireless charging station.

While production isn't planned, Nissan stated the Land Glider "gives a clear direction to how a future small car from Nissan could look."

Source: Nissan

Land Glider
A new proposal for urban mobility that can be enabled by zero-emission car

  • The Land Glider has a potential to become a new means of transportation in urban areas; its linear acceleration and the narrow body, which only an ultra-compact, ultra lightweight EV can achieve, will help reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking space.
  • Shift of the center of gravity by leaning provides a new, exciting sense of driving and a powerful, crisp ride.

Is it a Car or a Motorcycle?

Land Glider leans into a totally new driving experience

Nissan's planning and design team were given a challenge: to explore new forms of zero emissions mobility that redefined existing segments. The result was a radical new vehicle that combines the company's vision for future urban mobility with Nissan's great driving heritage.

In creating the Land Glider concept, Nissan planners and designers have conceived a totally new form of personal zero-emissions mobility that combines clever, new driving experiences, all in the one compact, 4-wheeled package.

With more than 50% of the world's 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 fourwheel stability and a sense of safety that originates from a tilting cabin, the Land Glider will appeal to both two- and four-wheel driving enthusiasts.

Targeted at city dwellers of all generations, the Land Glider 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, Nissan's 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 Nissan's expanding zero emission family, the Land Glider exudes a clean, friendly attitude."

The vehicle's 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 Land Glider 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 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 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 Land Glider 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 wirelessly at locations where the infrastructure exists.

Colision Avoidance
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.*

Whilst 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 cities...a clue of what Nissan means by new era of mobility.

Overall Length (mm) 3,100
Overall Width (mm) 1,100
Overall Height (mm) 1,415
Wheelbase (mm) 2,180
Seating Capacity 2


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Brilliant, a four-wheeled Carver! Although I think that this type of vehicle requires new shapes rather than a car on slimfast. I did wonder how long it would take manufacturers to adopt the 1+1 seating arrangement for city cars. Hope more will follow.
Oct 9, 2009 12:25 am
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Yawn, Mercedes Had a motorcycle based concept car back in 1997.
Oct 8, 2009 11:00 pm
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Cool vehicle..perfect solution for crowded trafic...meanwhile protected from bad weather. Good idea for future, because human population will be rising every year.
Oct 8, 2009 12:04 pm
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you may not like it but you don't have to call it gay
Oct 8, 2009 3:28 am
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