We at Car Articles weren’t going to feature the Prototype 9 by Infiniti (or INFINITI strictly speaking) again so soon, yet we couldn’t resist when we got hold of this picture. In an age of just about everything being an SUV – even Ferrari has apparently green lit some sort of ‘UV’ – it is refreshing to see a marque creating something original. We can’t say whether this will ever see the light, but we absolutely approve wholeheartedly of it even making is this far. INFINITI, we salute you.
The car is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan’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 Corporation’s master craftspeople.
Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President had the following to say about the project: “What started as an after-hours idea grew into a fully-fledged prototype; our designers and engineers were excited by the notion of creating a past vision, a nod to our origins. They volunteered their own time, more and more staff became involved. Our teams have proven skills in manufacturing, engineering, design and advanced powertrains, yet they wanted to bring their own traditional craftsmanship to the project. They made Prototype 9 a reality, a result of their ingenuity – they recognised and realised the past, powered by a future-centric electric powertrain at its heart. Prototype 9 blends modern technology and hand-crafted details paying tribute to the forebears of INFINITI.”