Infiniti prototype 9: EV power with 1940s race car spirit
The Infiniti Prototype 9, summons the spirit of German and Italian racecars from the 1930s and ‘40s and fuses them with a modern electric Japanese heart.
Under the vintage-looking coachwork of this one off prototype, lies the powertrain from the 2018 Nissan Leaf.
A 148-horsepower electric motor, with 236 pound-feet of torque, and a 30kWh battery, powers the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission, according to Infiniti.
Infiniti says the Prototype 9 has a top speed of 170km/h (106 mph), with a 0–100km/h time of 5.5 seconds. Spend all your charge on a racetrack and Infiniti says the Prototype 9 should last up to 20 minutes.
But why does it look like a 1940s racer? Infiniti does not have a racing heritage haring back to the 1940s, as the brand was only established in 1989.