Infiniti is set to debut yet another retro-looking single-seat roadster at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Last year, Infiniti introduced us to the Prototype 9, a car that was so obviously inspired by 1930s-style Grand Prix racers that it could have doubled as a period piece. The only difference in design was that the car was entirely electrically powered and served as a demonstration for Infiniti’s burgeoning electric powertrain tech.
Later that same year, Infiniti introduced the Q Inspiration concept sedan with a fancy internal combustion engine that could change its compression ratio on the fly, making it higher or lower depending on whether the driver needed power or efficiency. At the time it was touted as the savior of the ICE, offering everything that a gas-guzzling car could want.
Well, now it looks like Infiniti is back to courting electric-powered car lovers, since at this year’s Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti will bring yet another electric roadster. It’s almost like Infiniti is changing its offering depending on the audience (wink wink).
Much like the Prototype 9, the Prototype 10 will also lack a roof and adopt an old-school racer sort of body. This time the wheels will be covered rather than extending outward, and there will be a bit of a windshield to perhaps redirect a small amount of onrushing air.
Hopefully, this year’s Prototype will have an enhanced electric powertrain compared to last year’s model, otherwise, we’re looking at the same concept with a different body.
"The INFINITI Prototype 10 echoes the layout and design of some of the most evocative car designs of all time, where power was celebrated through high-powered single-seat competition cars,” says Infiniti design head Karim Habib. “Our new concept speaks of an electrified future, something which is reflected in its form and details. It is appropriate that we found inspiration in an optimistic bygone era in which cars were characterized by the simple love of driving."
The Prototype 10 was made by a consortium of teams from Japan, the UK, and the USA. It will debut on August 23rd, and since we weren’t given much in terms of details we’ll have to wait until then to get an idea on this thing’s performance.
But it certainly looks pretty based on the sketches.