Infiniti revealed at Monterey Car Week on Thursday its newest all-electric concept: Prototype 10, a 1960s-inspired single-seater meant to evoke the spirit of early Californian speedsters.
Nissan’s upscale sister brand is homing in on electrification as it prepares to offer each of its new production cars as an EV or hybrid starting 2021. Prototype 10 previews the brand’s new design language, showcasing a long, flowing body with a new front grille and 3-D logo.
Inside, the monoposto (single-seat) cockpit sits low due to the compact configuration of the electric powertrain.
“Our new concept provides clues to where the INFINITI brand is heading,” Karim Habib, Infiniti’s executive design director, said in a statement. “For us, electrification means performance – our electrified cars will be powerful, efficient, and a joy to drive, and the new concept is a physical representation of our electrified performance future.”
At last year’s Monterey Car Week, Infiniti introduced Prototype 9, another single-seat, battery-powered retro race car, inspired by designers’ concept of what an Infiniti grand prix racer would have looked in the 1940s. That car ran on the twin battery pack from Infiniti’s Q70 hybrid sedan and the electric motor from the Nissan Leaf, a combination not used in an Infiniti production vehicle.
In January at the Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti showed the Q Inspiration concept, a sleek battery-powered sedan built on the same platform as one of five new electric vehicles the brand plans to launch by 2023. Like the Q Inspiration concept, Prototype 10’s platform can be configured as a hybrid or fully electric model.