Infiniti Prototype 9 Blends Old and New With Stunning Results

Infiniti Prototype 9 Blends Old and New With Stunning Results

That's right; Infiniti's latest concept auto, dubbed the Prototype 9 Concept and revealed over at Motor Trend, is an electric Grand Prix styled racer, highlighting what many consider the golden era of European motorsport.

The Project 9, which was teased by Infiniti earlier this week, pulls its inspiration from 1930s-era Grand Prix cars. Rather than power the front wheels, like in the Leaf, the Prototype 9's electric motor powers the rear wheels.

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 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.

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.

The timeless techniques behind the auto are blended with state-of-the-art technology, as the Prototype 9 is fitted with an electric motor that provides a brisk 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 105mph. A true fusion of old and new, this.

The design philosophy behind the Prototype 9 was inspired by a question - namely: "what if we [Infiniti] found a vehicle, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in a barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years?" "What would this discovery look like?" So more details will have to wait until August 20, when the start of the Concours d'elegance in California.

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