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Nissan names Margot Robbie EV ambassador

Midnight laps on Monaco Grand Prix course followed in 3-seat BladeGlider

Published: February 20, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: February 24, 2017, 4:44 AM

Margot Robbie with Nissan BladeGlider

Margot Robbie drives Nissan BladeGlider

Margot Robbie has been named Nissan’s newest electric vehicle (EV) ambassador following a lapping session around Monaco’s fabled Grand Prix circuit in the BladeGlider.

The star of Suicide Squad, Legend of Tarzan and Wolf of Wall Street warmed up the radical all-electric 3-seater on a midnight tour of the closed 3.34-km course before dicing with another BladeGlider for a 2-minute promotional short film.

“It’s a really exciting time for electric vehicles,” said Robbie. “More people are choosing to go electric, leading the way to a more sustainable future, and the Nissan BladeGlider hints at the future of smarter performance cars.”

With both a rich motorsports heritage and an ambitious sustainable energy future (aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030), Monte Carlo provided the perfect location for Nissan to reveal its new partnership with the Australian-born Robbie.

“The electric revolution is happening. As the global leader in electric vehicles, and with mass adoption just around the corner, it is more important than ever that we showcase all the benefits of driving an electric car – from energy efficiency, to sustainability, from handling to performance,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe. “Having Margot on board will support us in spreading news of the personal and societal benefits of electric vehicles to more people than ever before. Nissan’s Electrify the World movement recognizes the importance of us all working together to achieve positive change in our communities. We want to inspire people to take meaningful steps towards cleaner, safer cities.”

Nissan BladeGlider

The prototype BladeGlider, which will be on display at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, uses two rear 130-kW motors that make a combined 268 hp and 521 lb-ft of torque, helping the lightweight sporty coupe go from zero to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.

Its 220-kWh battery would give it a theoretical range of about 400 km … if it’s as efficient as a Tesla Model S. But it’s a performance car so expect considerably less. As an example, there’s a steering-wheel button that puts the car into “Drift” mode, which would naturally spin away driving km as it adds more power to the wheels.

The aerodynamically sound design features a rear track that’s wider than the front, a wedge profile and scissor doors that open rearward to allow access to the centre mounted driver’s seat and flanking rear passenger seats.