INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

INFINITI has introduced Prototype 9, a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car is a modern take on a 1940s race vehicle with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design. It has been brought to life as an after-hours endeavor by a team of employees from across the Nissan Motor Corporation. Prototype 9 was inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport.

INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ElegancePrototype 9 started as a conceptual sketch: an interpretation of an INFINITI race car, inspired by roadsters and aircraft of the era yet molded in new materials and advanced technology. The model was constructed at a secluded section of the Nissan Research Center, Japan, by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor Corporation’s master craftspeople.

INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceThe vehicle’s bodywork is made from steel body panels wrapped around a steel ladder frame. The panels were hammered into shape by the Takumi. For Prototype 9, panel beaters incorporated INFINITI’s signature design elements, such as the double-arch grille, “shark gills” aft of the front wheels, a single-crease hood, and sharp lines that stretch from front to rear. Prototype 9 features smooth, aerodynamic surfaces, long bonnet and short overhangs, an exposed cockpit, and open-wheeled layout. Nineteen-inch center-locking wire-spoke wheels at each corner are even wrapped in period cross-ply competition tires.

INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ElegancePrototype 9’s cabin has been handmade by the company’s interior design teams. It is wrapped in black leather with contrast red stitching, sewn and finished in such a way as to echo earlier single-seater racers. Subtle Japanese flags are stitched into the integrated headrests of the deep single bucket seat.

INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ElegancePrototype 9 is the first INFINITI to be powered by a new EV powertrain: a 30 kWh high-voltage battery paired with a prototype electric motor, one not yet seen on a production vehicle. The motor produces 120 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, and it drives the rear wheels via single-speed transmission.

INFINITI Unveiled Prototype 9 at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ElegancePrototype 9 has a top speed of 170 kph (105.6 mph), and sprints from 0-to-100 kph (0-to-62 mph) in 5.5 seconds, with a maximum EV range of 20 minutes under heavy track use.

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