2017 Infiniti Prototype 9

If Infiniti had been involved in Grand Prix racing in the 1940s, what would such a race car look like? The Prototype 9 is an answer to that question utilizing modern technology combined with historical methods of hand craftsmanship.

The steel body panels were hand-beaten by Takumi, Nissan Motor's master craftspeople, around a steel ladder frame. The design is in keeping with Grand Prix cars from the 30s through the 50s, but it also incorporates design elements common to Infiniti, such as the double arch grille, single crease hood, sharp lines running along the sides, and "shark gills" with chrome on the front fenders.

The modern world most clearly intervenes with a prototype electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. It produces 148 hp, and a more substantial 236 lb-ft of torque. It runs through a single-speed transmission powering the rear wheels. Total vehicle weight is 1962 lbs, which while a little higher than might be expected, isn't too far out of range, and in line with the current weigh premium on an electric car. For example, a Ferrari 340 F1 built from 1950-1951 weighed 1587 lbs. Granted that car was also producing 350 hp.

Top speed is 105.6 mph, and acceleration from 0-62 mph is achieved in 5.5 seconds.

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Price Production Weight
-- -- 1,962 lbs
Engine Aspiration Torque
-- -- 236 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight
148 HP -- 13.3 lbs/HP
Top Speed 0-62 mph Range
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Price Production Weight Engine Aspiration Torque
-- -- 1,962 lbs -- -- 236 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight Range 0-62 mph Top Speed
148 HP -- 13.3 lbs/HP -- -- --
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