By Tim Smith
The Nissan BladeGlider, a concept based on the ZEOD racing car, formally known as the DeltaWing, (but we don’t talk about that anymore, now do we) looks like it may make a production run.
The production Delta, sorry, Blade Glider Concept.
This is clearly something to celebrate, the BladeGlider is different, maybe revolutionary. Its race counterpart was clearly outgunning stuff much larger and more powerful than itself, and we can thank Very Clever Aerodynamics for that…
Do you remember what happened to the DeltaWing? That’s right, it kept getting it’s face smashed in by other racing cars, not just because of its ultra light weight construction, but because nobody could see it.
I Really want to see the BladeGlider make production, but unless they can solve the ‘visibility’ problems it *could* go down as folly for Nissan.
T’is rather marvellous thing, though…
The future, picture taken yesterday.
By Tim Smith
I dunno, first we get a teaser image that looks like an android sneezed on a Nissan Juke:
Androids get colds, yes they do.
and now we get some pictures of it, AND IT LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME.
The front of the ‘new’ design at the, erm, front
The back of the ‘new’ design at the, erm, back. And a man with rocket shoes.
Yes, yes, luggage room has been improved on the 2WD version by ‘40%’ and there’s a new 1.2 turb on the way and some new lights or something, but when they released the teaser image we all held our breaths. Would Nissan change the distintive looks of the Juke?
Well, thankfully, they haven’t. But making us all think you were about to change what is probably one of the coolest looking mainstream cars on the road is Not.Cool. Nissan.
Now Go To Your Room. And leave me a press Juke on your way out.
By Tim Smith
My first job was as a milkman. I would get up at 4am every Saturday and accompany my xenophobic, chain-smoking boss as we made our way around the local towns and villages delivering milk. It was very rare to deviate from the route.
Typically, when we think of milkman (in the UK, at least) we think of milk ‘floats’. The image that forms in our minds is probably one of the electric float. In the town where I was grown the geography didn’t allow for something so small and underpowered. Internal combustion was the only way to go. But, that could be about to change.
Nissan e-NV200 sans milk
Nissan have announced that they will ‘be the first automaker to have two all-electric vehicles in it’s global line-up’. The first being the Leaf, and now the new e-NV200.
Nissan are claiming a 170km range, with an 80% charge achievable in thirty minutes. ‘If the battery is partially charged’.
What qualifies as partial charge? 2%? 5%? 78%?
Either way, Nissan say that the average daily route length for over half of the companies who use this class of vehicle is just 100km.
This could be a win win for city air quality and noise levels.
Just a couple of points, though. Remember the recent storms that cut power to whole regions for days at a time? Or how about the need to make these things noisier within urban environments so that pedestrians can hear them?
A Nissan e-NV200 with an exhaust posing pouch.
By Tim Smith
Nissan driver’s are the dirtiest buggers on the road. But then you knew that, didn’t you. Did you not?
Survey’s are tricky, tricky things. You say that Nissan drivers clean their cars less, but then what is the underlying reason for that? Are there less tradesmen in Nissan’s than any other make? Are there more? Are tradesmen less or more likely to clean their vehicle regularly?
Similarly, if you state that 49% of the UK population wash their cars ‘at least once a month’ but your sample size is 1139 drivers large, what if any, validity does that statement have?
But do you know what? Who cares. Because infographics are cool.
Here, courtesy of IMO Car Wash group is an infographic with all facts that may or may not be representative of some kind of truth:
Personally, I think that looks more like a Tatra…
By Tim Smith
You know cranes, right? You probably walk/drive by one almost everyday. What I’m trying to say is they’re everywhere. Wherever theres some building going on (which is everywhere) you’ll find a crane.
You know cars, right? You probably walk/run past one every day. You might even drive one. What I’m trying to say is they’re everywhere. Wherever there’s some human beings going on, you’ll probably find something that resembles a car.
You know massively overblown music from the movie’s where it usually means that the Earth is gonna blow up or the hero is going to shoot some alien in the middle of his face (coming over here, taking our anti-hero jobs) or that bloke from High Fidelity is getting away while LA slides into the sea in the background and you are literally watching millions of people meet a fiery end but it’s okay ’cause that bloke from High Fidelity is getting away, right? what I’m trying to say is that sort of music is everywhere. Wherever there’s something that needs explaining to an audience, you’ll find overblown music.
Nissan know these things too.