Yes, we know what you\u2019re thinking - "Just what the hell am I looking at?" This is the Nissan BladeGlider - try saying it after you\u2019ve had a few drinks - and while we\u2019ll admit that it looks pretty challenging, it\u2019s nonetheless rather important and interesting.Why? Well, the BladeGlider is significant for drawing together strands of Nissan\u2019s future mobility thinking over recent years. In one package we, in effect, have the battery tech and EV leadership learning from the Leaf, combined with the re-thinking of the endurance racer that was the Deltawing. And thrown into the mix for good measure is a bit of the experimental, Landglider concept that the company showed at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2009. It's almost gone full circle: as we've got eyes fixed on the BladeGlider at the same show in 2013.READ: Nissan Deltawing debuts at Le MansStill looking for the point? Well Nissan\u2019s never been one for convention. It\u2019s disparate array of cars - from the tiny Kei cars it makes in Japan, through the electric Leaf, rampant GT-R and pick-up trucks in America - is testimony to the company\u2019s open minded perspective and refusal to be pigeonholed. But it also sees itself as a sustainability pioneer - hence the Leaf name - is into racing and is one of the leaders in looking at future autonomous vehicles and traffic management solutions.The BladeGlider\u2019s the latest boundary pusher. And having seen what the Deltawing car did when someone said "blank sheet of paper, what could we do?" the company\u2019s taken the same approach here. Effectively Nissan said, "if we wanted to make an exhilarating, but super-aerodynamic car, what would it do?". The result you can see before your eyes.The front of the vehicle is motorbike narrow - the track is one meter wide - and then the car sweeps back in the shape of an aircraft wing, when seen in plan. It\u2019s one of the most aerodynamic forms you can put on the road, reckons Nissan, yet it still allows them to package the battery technology, seat two full-sized adults in the rear behind the central driver and ultimately makes for one of the strangest shapes we\u2019ve seen that can still lay claim to the title of "car".And you might want to try getting used to it, because this is no pie-in-the-sky concept. Instead, and rather like VW\u2019s XL1, Nissan plans to develop the BladeGlider into something that works on the road. Expect it to get toned down of course, but it\u2019ll still look challenging and, we\u2019d bet, be primarily made out of super-lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).READ: Hands-on: Volkswagen XL1 reviewWe got up close to the BladeGlider at the Motor Show to have a closer play too. Flick open the upward-hinging doors, and you\u2019re greeted by a cockpit that\u2019s more fighter jet, or computer game, than traditional car. The two passengers sit practically over the rear wheels, in sort-of bucket seats. Meanwhile, the driver sits centrally with a wrap-around canopy screen once the doors are shut. Driving looks more Tron than today too: take control via a controller that\u2019s part steering wheel, part joystick and complete with two thumb-able control buttons on the leading edge.The instrument pack features a primary driver screen behind the wheel, which is then augmented by a secondary screen in place of the traditional dashboard. It\u2019ll show you the usual location stuff and power\/charge, but also features some quite fantastic, military-like overviews of the car, parking situation, gyroscopic displays and so forth.We didn\u2019t get a full demo, so we\u2019re not sure what other treats are lurking in this interface, but we suspect most people reading this would be rather pleased if Nissan developed something like it for a road-going vehicle. Even if it does look more like something out of a futuristic Sci-Fi movie.The other IDx concept car twins sitting next to the BladeGlider on the Nissan stand might have been far more palatable visually, referencing as they do the Datsun 510 Bluebird, and having design input from what Nissan calls "digital natives", but make no mistake - if you\u2019re interested in the boundaries of the car being pushed in the future, the BladeGlider is the bigger deal. Challenging aesthetic or not, we can\u2019t wait to see how Nissan develops this for the road.