Top Shelf: Infiniti “Prototype 9”

We’re always so enamored with nostalgia, and especially when it comes to fashion and cars. Things that take us back to a time that seemed way more simple, but really cool too. Infiniti will be unveiling the “Prototype 9” — an open-wheeled electric retro roadster that reimagines a 1940s race car — at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place this weekend.

Inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport and aeronautic design, Prototype 9 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 construction, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi, which are Nissan Motor’s master artisans.

Hand-built by a small team as an “out-of-work hours” project and combines a 70-year-old design with latest electric tech, the rear-wheel drive racer can reach 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, with a max speed of 106 mph. The electric motor is only good for 20 minutes of track use before needing a recharge.

Weighing in at 1,962 pounds, the vehicle’s body composed of steel panels wrapped around a ladder frame are complemented with the single-seater cabin handmade with contrast red stitching and Japanese flags etched into the headrest. Finally, the speedo and other instrument dials are fitted into the center of the steering wheel rather than on a traditional dash. Pretty damn awesome, don’t you think?

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