Nissan's new concept car 'feels like flying' (w/ Video)

October 8, 2009
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 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.

(c) 2009 AFP