Nissan's new concept car 'feels like flying' (w/ Video)October 8th, 2009 in Technology / Engineering
An employee of Japan's auto giant Nissan demonstrates the new concept vehicle, the "Land Glider", a tandem-ride ultra light-weight electric vehicle with a narrow body at the company's design center at Atsugi city in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo. The car shifts its centre of gravity whilst turning by leaning like a motorcycle.
Nissan unveiled Thursday a futuristic concept car that tilts to the side when going around bends to make drivers feel like they are gliding through the air.
The zero-emission electric "Land Glider" seats two people -- one in the front and one in the back.
Just 1.1 metres (3.6 feet) wide, it can easily squeeze into tight parking spaces and through narrow streets.
"In the past a car used to move only in a two dimensional way but the Land Glider can move in a three dimensional way," said Nissan's Ryusuke Hayashi, who is overseeing the project.
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