The New 'Top Gear' Goes Drifting in Nissan's Crazy BladeGlider

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The Nissan BladeGlider is a weird, wonky little shard of an automobile; it’s a half sports car, half go kart, all-electric speed freak that apparently can really throw itself around a slick track. Naturally, Matt LeBlanc and the rest of BBC America’s Top Gear team decided to hop in the tiny three-seater and rip around trying to spin the thing as much as possible. Spoilers: it worked, and it’s awesome.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Joey from Friends in the back seat of a high-speed vehicle that looks like an X-Wing fuselage with wheels on the bottom, then this weekend’s episode of Top Gear is a must watch. In this exclusive preview, LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid all pile into the BladeGlider for a few laps around the track.

The BladeGlider is a Nissan prototype designed to “glide” across the road due to its quiet electric engine and aerodynamic design. It’s 100 percent electric and boasts 264 horsepower, which is a hell of a lot for something that’s only slightly larger than a kayak. The top speed is only 115 miles per hour, which, according to LeBlanc is “impressive for a garbage truck, maybe not for a sports car,” but Joey shuts right up when the BladeGlider starts ripping around corners. Check out the preview below:

And if you watch that and are still confused as to what the heck the crew is driving, check out Nissan’s original introduction of the BladeGlider.

The new episode of Top Gear airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central on BBC America.

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