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Infiniti have unveiled a reimagining of a 1940s race car called Prototype 9 at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Featuring a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro design, Prototype 9 is a celebration of Nissan Motor and Infiniti’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship.
“Prototype 9 celebrates the tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship and passion of our forebears at Nissan Motor Corporation, on whose shoulders we stand today. It started as a discussion: What if Infiniti had created a race car in the 1940s? If one were to imagine an open-wheeled Infiniti racer on the famous circuits of the era, such as Japan’s Tamagawa Speedway, what would that look like? The sketches were stunning and the idea so compelling that we had to produce a prototype. As other departments became aware of this, they volunteered their time to create a working vehicle.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design
“What started as an after-hours idea grew into a fully-fledged prototype; our designers and engineers were excited by the notion of creating a past vision, a nod to our origins. They volunteered their own time, more and more staff became involved. Our teams have proven skills in manufacturing, engineering, design and advanced powertrains, yet they wanted to bring their own traditional craftsmanship to the project. They made Prototype 9 a reality, a result of their ingenuity – they recognised and realised the past, powered by a future-centric electric powertrain at its heart. Prototype 9 blends modern technology and hand-crafted details paying tribute to the forebears of Infiniti.” Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President
- Motor: Electric
- Weight: –
- Power: 120 kW / 161 hp / 163 PS
- 0-100 kph: 5.5 seconds
- Torque: 320 Nm / 236 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 170 kph / 105 mph