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.

Ultimately this was just a demonstration of the company’s artistry, craftsmanship design capability. It’s a great demonstration that electric cars don’t have to look modern to be have stunning design and lead to interesting concepts. How about a racing series for these reimagined retro racers?