Infiniti’s newest race car prototype is inspired by vintage race cars of the 1940s.
A torpedo-style sleek cylindrical body and offset wheels at the end of extended axes.
However the drivetrain of the ‘Prototype 9', is all 2017.
It’s an electric motor, combined with a 30 kWh battery pack.
Also it has the equivalent of 148 hp and 236 lb ft of torque, with a top speed of 105 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
It can run for 20 minutes of aggressive track racing on that battery pack with a full charge, and the hammer-head look of the front end with the exaggerated grill is a damn nice piece of industrial design.
Nissan’s motor department built the engine, which is a prototype not yet used on any kind of production car.
It was mostly made for showing off at the super-fancy Concours D’Elegance 2017 at Pebble Beach golf course.
Another interesting thing about the Prototype 9 is that it's frame and body panels are made up of steel.
This is again more of a throwback, especially for an EV, since most modern electric cars favor lighter materials like aluminum to help lower overall body weight and aim for more range.
The car is also completely silent, which is unusual for a race car but not for an EV.
Infiniti says its design was inspired by Japanese archers, and the silent, speedy arrows that they let loose from their bows.
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