Infiniti's Prototype 9 began as an idea, a sketch – imagining if the forebearers of INFINITI had built an e-roadster in the 1940s. Inspired by the Prince Motor brand, as well as roadsters and aircraft of the era, the sketches were stunning. So stunning, in fact, they felt compelled to bring them to fruition.
“It started as a simple thought – what if we found a car, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in a barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years? What if in this car we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of INFINITI today? What would this discovery look like?”
Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design
As more colleagues learned about the project, Nissan employees volunteered hundreds of hours of their own time to develop and build the prototype. Masters, or "Takumi," as Nissan rediscovered the art of moulding and bending metal to make a prototype. And the car's heritage-inspired body was handcrafted at the Nissan Oppama Plant in Japan. The car is inspired by 1940s-era automotive designs, including those of Prince Motor, of which Infiniti can trace its origins. The car's welding, trim and chassis were built by master production engineers. The car is fully electric, powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from the Advanced Powertrain Department. Prototype 9 was revealed at Pebble Beach, California, in August 2017.
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