Meet INFINITI Prototype 9
INFINITI Motor Company along with Nissan Motor Corporation joined forces to build the one-of-a-kind Prototype 9. This prototype electric retro roadster was unveiled recently at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It represents a reimagined 1940s grand prix race car built with time-honored production techniques by Nissan Motor and INFINITI.
The sleek and open-wheeled styling harkens back to the days when automobiles were built by hand with exquisite craftsmanship. A specialty team of employees from across the Nissan Motor Corporation volunteered their time, working after hours to bring this model from concept through production. The vehicle has been built with traditional materials and includes panels hand-beaten by a team of Nissan Motor’s master artisans.
“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.
Although retro by design the INFINITI Prototype 9 is powered by completely new technology. It’s prototype electric powertrain has broken new ground in electric car engineering. A future-centric lithium-ion battery with electric motor offers 148 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Its stunning exterior reflects many signature INFINITI notes such as the double-arch grille, a single-crease hood and continuous sharp lines that run from front to rear.
The Prototype 9 will be on display at upcoming events around the world. It is a new jewel in the crown of INFINITI and Nissan Motor Corporation. Our West Houston INFINITI Dealership is proud to offer vehicles that have been built with time-honored tradition. We invite you to explore our inventory and stop in for a test drive soon.