Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept
Rides Aug 14 2017
If you grew up in the Cub Scouts you may have fond memories of Pinewood Derby racing, days spent crafting the most improbably aerodynamic vehicle out of a block of pine wood. For those who haven’t grown out of the racing trend, Infiniti has launched its Prototype 9 Concept car reminiscent of an old school racer.
The stunning retro inspired vehicle is fashioned to be a contemporary silver arrow, made in the image of the early day Auto Grand Prix motor racing cars. Its traditional race car features are expressed in a minimalist exterior with a handcrafted aluminum body panel and open cockpit resting on exposed wheels with a wire-mesh design. A front grille and hood ornament feels distinctly more modern and may turn a few heads.
The old school feel of the outside betrays a highly technical inside. The Prototype 9 possesses a powertrain similar to the next-generation Nissan Leaf. Its rear-mounted electric motor runs off a 30 kWh battery pack yielding 148 hp and 236 lb of torque. While it may not generate the speed to match a Formula One racer, this Infiniti weighs in at a considerably light 1,962 lbs that allow it to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five and a half seconds to hit a top speed of 105 mph.
While it may not be built to suit a modern day need for speed, much like the Pinewood cars of your past, this model is a fine specimen of classic automobile inspiration.