Nissan ESFLOW: first official details

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Nissan ESFLOW all-electric sports car concept Geneva 2011
Nissan ESFLOW all-electric sports car concept Geneva 2011

Just as I’d finished writing up the first details of the new Nissan ESFLOW all-electric sports car concept for another outlet, the official details dropped over on the European press site. So let’s go a little deeper now, shall we?

This is good stuff – Tesla should be worried. The ESFLOW uses the production-ready technology already heading for customers (just) in the Nissan Leaf, only the concept gets two electric motors, each driving one of the rear wheels…

This means maximum torque distribution hilarity if any of the engineers responsible for the Nissan 370Z or the Nissan GT-R’s four-wheel drive trickery get to have anything to do with it. 0-62mph is quoted at ‘under 5.0 seconds’ and top speed is – more than likely artificially limited – to 120mph. The range is apparently 149 miles. But probably not if you’ve got your fly-by-wire foot down.

Fly-by-wire? Oh yes. Sadly Nissan hasn’t yet released any images of the interior – it’s cover in gold and dark blue leather and suede, apparently (Jeeeesus) – but there are only two seats and these are molded into the rear bulkhead to save weight. Since this is a fixed position, the steering wheel and the pedal box adjust to meet the driver, as required.

We’re absolutely loving the looks – the color is inspired by glaciers, we’re told, and the headlights help direct airflow passed the wing mirrors – and since the chassis is bespoke, the laminated lithium-ion battery packs are incorporated into the floor, creating a very low center of gravity. The chassis is also an aluminum frame with an integrated roll cage and composite panels; we suspect any future production version may be slightly more conventional.

Nissan ESFLOW all-electric sports car concept Geneva 2011
Nissan ESFLOW all-electric sports car concept Geneva 2011

So is there a future production version? Well, when the ESFLOW debuts at Geneva 2011 in March, Nissan will be ‘gauging public reaction’. Our money says it’s already prepped and ready to go.

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