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Infiniti Goes Back in Time at Monterey

From its beginnings as a simple design sketch, Prototype 9 imagines what might have been for a 1940s Infiniti grand prix racecar that will be displayed this week at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

  • Prototype 9

Nissan and Infiniti will display a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype during this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and Infiniti’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship. It represents a reimagining of a 1940s racecar with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.

Infiniti says 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 racecar 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?

Prototype 9

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.

The car is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department.

This nod to the future contrasts with the traditional materials and techniques applied for the Prototype 9’s manufacture, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor’s master artisans.

Prototype 9

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