Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept – A Throwback To A Time When Infiniti Did Not Exist At All
Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept Is The Most Awesome Unnecessary Thing Ever
Updated August 28, 2017
Infiniti didn’t even exist before 1989, but at the latest Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the American spawn of Nissan revealed a concept car looking like a 1930’s racer. A nod to something from Infiniti’s history? Of course not. This is just an after-work Infiniti employees project that was simply too beautiful not to become a real full fledged concept.
While it certainly looks gorgeous with modern styling touches but clearly retro design, the most surprising thing about this track-day Infiniti is that its actually an electric car.
Nissan Leaf Drivetrain, Q70 Hybrid Batteries and Lots of Spirit for Infiniti Prototype 9
Yes, a simple electric car with a ladder frame chassis, leaf springs, hand-beaten steel exterior panels, no power steering and a weight of 1,962 lbs.
Take a break and try to wrap your head around what you’ve just read. It really is a 1930’s racer, but with a HUGE twist.
It has a next-gen Nissan Leaf powertrain that sources its power from the Q70 hybrid sedan’s batteries. With 30 kWh capacity. Considering its lightness and electric motor power of 148hp (with 236 lb-ft of torque), the Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept is quick. Like 5.5 seconds to 62 mph quick. On the other end, it can reach 106 mph. Not exactly impressive, but there you have it. If you know what you’re doing, you’re not drag racing this thing anyway; it’s turns you’re after in a car like this.
In short, the Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept is a single-seat racer inspired by the best 1930’s racing machines that’s powered by electric motors and exists because some engineers wanted some extra-curricular activities. Awesome. This is what happens when car enthusiasts are left to their own devices in a cool place like Inifiti, with just too many spare parts lying around…
“Our advanced engineers did a mix of things,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Motor Co.’s senior vice president of global design. “They wanted the power that we’re getting from the next-generation Leaf so it has some umph,” a sentence which I’m fairly certain nobody has ever said, ever.
Nonetheless, it looks fantastic and it’s pretty much guaranteed to handle fantastically. If that car isn’t an absolute blast to drive, we would be extremely surprised.
Categories: Concept Cars & Renderings