This is the Infiniti Prototype 9, a new prototype vehicle that harks back to single-seat racers from the 1940s. It receives its motivation from an electric motor (similar to the one that will power the new Leaf) which produces 148 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The motor and batteries are taken from parent company Nissan's Advanced Powertrain Department, but the Prototype 9 embraces the design aesthetic that's inspired Infiniti's recent cars.
To create a driver-focused environment, the Infiniti Prototype 9's steering wheel rotates around a fixed aluminium hub, in which rest the speedometer and other gauges.
It has been hand-made using traditional skills and structure - like a ladder chassis and panel-beaten panels - as the continuation of a small out of hours project, and we think there is actually a small chance Infiniti could deliver the Prototype 9 as a very small-run plaything.
On the outside the Prototype 9 recalls memories of classic race cars that were hitting the track way before the Infiniti brand was even a thought.
The Japanese automaker will present at the Concours d'elegance in pebble beach (CA) concept, stylized racing cars 40-ies of the last century.
The design philosophy behind the Prototype 9 was inspired by a question - namely: "what if we [Infiniti] found a auto, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in a barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years?" What if in this auto we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of Infiniti today?
According to Infiniti, the Prototype 9 can reach 60 miles per hour in less than 5.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 105 miles per hour.
Infiniti also now offers hybrid versions of its Q50 and Q70 executive saloon cars.