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Infiniti’s retro ride: Prototype 9 racer headed for Pebble Beach 2017

Published: 14 August 2017 Updated: 18 August 2017

► Infiniti’s new old-fashioned concept
► Protoype 9 is ‘barn find’ racer
► Features an EV powertrain

Well this thing is unexpected. Infiniti has opened the barn door on its latest concept car, called the Prototype 9. The new open-wheeled racer will be on show at the 2017 Pebble Beach concours event from 18 August 2017.

Infiniti says its show car is a ‘heritage-inspired prototype vehicle that captures the ingenuity and adventure of early motor sports with the brand’s contemporary design language.’

It also says the concept ‘has been developed through a journey back to the roots of our company’ – the fact that the Nissan-owned brand first started selling cars in 1989 notwithstanding.

The Prototype 9 uses a prototype electric motor from Nissan’s Advanced Powertrain Department, where the brand produces its EVs like the Leaf. This prototype version could be what ends up in the next-generation of Nissan’s high-selling EV…

Concept based on a theoretical ‘barn find’

‘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 would this discovery look like?’ That’s the explanation behind the concept given by Infiniti’s senior VP for design Alfonso Albaisa.

Infiniti Prototype 9 side

Maybe the design team’s been binging on Downton Abbey box sets, maybe Infiniti is planning a factory team for the upcoming Goodwood Revival – either way, this could be one of 2017’s most curious and potentially most fun concept cars.

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By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer