Infiniti Prototype 10: A Vintage Car for the Future
This year, Infiniti has teased the Prototype 10, a single seater electric luxury vehicle that retains the spirit of the Californian speedsters from the 1960s. Last year, the Infiniti Prototype 9 car, inspired by the grand prix cars of the 1940’s, made its appearance at the Pebble beach Concours d’Elegance. The design of the car was elegant and simple, it retained the classic silvery look of the grand prix cars with a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan’s Advanced Powertrain department.
This year, Infiniti has teased the Prototype 10, a single seater electric luxury vehicle that retains the spirit of the Californian speedsters from the 1960s. The design of the angled hood and the rear is inspired from the 1960s Alfa Romeo Duetto. The latest reveal from Infiniti, borrows some cues from the Prototype 9 and the Q Inspiration Concept, a sleek, powerful and attractive sedan.
The Infiniti Prototype 10 features a long flowing body with an open tonneau, front grille and a 3D logo. Infiniti has decided to go single seater, while the place for the second passenger has been dedicated to a massive cooling duct, channelizing air to the battery. With a flat underside and a chin spoiler to generate downforce, the design team has focused on generating speed while ensuring that the car stays glued to the ground. The cockpit features a minimal design with a racing-style wheel and a screen in the middle with limited buttons. However, there is no announcement if Infiniti would include their semi-autonomous system into the Prototype 10, just like its addition to Nissan cars and Infiniti Q. The steering wheel mounted on two carbon struts is connected by the company’s steer-by-wire tech, meaning it is not actually connected to the front wheels.
While the automaker has been secretive about engineering details, it is likely that Prototype 10 would house the powertrain from the Nissan Leaf featuring a 147-horsepower motor and a 40-kwh battery. Karim Habib, a former BMW designer took the reigns as the Chief designer at Infiniti, a year ago and the concept car is the first complete vision showcased by Infiniti Studios. The design of the Prototype 10 was an international effort by a team of designers based in the UK, US and Japan. Habib, based in Japan credits his inspiration to the art, architecture and typography in the Japanese culture. As the sister company of Nissan sets out to take design and luxury to a deeper level, it plans to roll out full electric vehicles by 2023.
Instead of building an SUV or crossover which is more popular these days, Infiniti has taken a bold move in conceptualizing a prototype with a single seat and a motor that is ten times smaller than a traditional motor. According to Infiniti, the Prototype 10 celebrates the high-powered single seat competition cars and reflects an electrified future. The idea of the Prototype 10 is the focus on the driver in the age of autonomous vehicles and the evolving humans behind the wheels. However, chances of a driver getting behind the wheels of a Prototype 10 are close to none as this is only a concept. Never-the-less, it does lay a foundation for future designs that Infiniti is set to adopt in its upcoming cars.