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REG­U­LAR READ­ERS MAY BE SUR­PRISED AT THE IN­CLU­SION, how­ever this lat­est re­veal is quite special. In­finiti (part of Nis­san Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion) re­cently un­veiled the Pro­to­type 9, a sleek, open-wheeled elec­tric retro road­ster pro­to­type that fuses ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy with the tra­di­tional hands and hearts of hun­dreds of crafts­men. The mo­tor pro­duces 120 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, and it drives the rear wheels via sin­gle-speed trans­mis­sion. Pro­to­type 9 has a top speed of 170 kph (105.6 mph), and sprints from 0-to-100 kph (0-to62 mph) in 5.5 sec­onds, with a max­i­mum EV range of 20 min­utes un­der heavy track use. Dur­ing the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, Al­fonso Al­baisa, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of global de­sign said the Pro­to­type 9 rep­re­sented “a com­bi­na­tion of artistry, crafts­man­ship and com­mit­ment to a ro­man­tic no­tion of our her­itage”, adding, “It in­spired our peo­ple to work on Pro­to­type 9 in their own time – as they were com­pletely in­vested in the project and the de­tails and fea­tures orig­i­nated with them. Pro­to­type 9 has been a la­bor of love for many of us.” The per­for­mance stats might not be world beat­ing, but it’s a real head turner and wouldn’t look out of place in any lux­u­ri­ous line up.

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