Nissan Motor Corporation and premium automotive brand INFINITI have unveiled a sleek,open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and INFINITI’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship.
It represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.”Prototype 9 celebrates the tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship and passion of our forebears at Nissan Motor Corporation, on whose shoulders we stand today.
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The car is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. This nod to the future contrasts with the traditional materials and techniques applied for the Prototype 9’s manufacture, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor’s master artisans.
The car’s electric motor makes the equivalent of 148 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque, though the vehicle weighs only 1,962 pounds.Nissan said the rear-wheel-drive car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 5.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 105.6 mph.
But not for long. The company said the car’s lithium-ion battery is only good for about 20 minutes of high-speed driving.Prototype 9 only weighs 890kg. As such, it’ll crack 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.