Nissan-owned Japanese car company, Infiniti has unveiled the Prototype 9, a “heritage-inspired” prototype of something that is reminiscent of a 1940’s race car. The Prototype 9 is a single seat electric “retro-roadster” featuring steel body panels hand-hammered onto a steel frame. The body includes period-correct open wire-spoke wheels, a long bonnet and short overhangs paying homage to that particular era.
The 140HP equivalent motor gives it enough power to reach 62MPH in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 105.6MPH, beating a standard Tesla Model 3 to the 62MPH mark despite its vintage chassis. However the car falls short on range, lasting only 20 minutes under “heavy track use” which may have been competitive during the 1940s, but would have trouble defeating the race cars of our generation.
The creators of the Prototype 9 are calling it a ”reimagining of a 1940s race car” and will officially unveil the car at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
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