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Prototype 9

It began as an idea, a sketch – imagining if the forbearers of INFINITI had built an e-roadster in the 1940s. Inspired by the Prince Motor brand, as well as roadsters and aircraft of the era, the sketches were stunning. So stunning, in fact, we felt compelled to bring them to fruition. 

First Drive, First Dream

INFINITI Senior Vice President of Global Design, Alfonso Albaisa reflects on how his first time behind the wheel of the Prototype 9 brings the initial dreams and design expectations of this one-foot-in-the-past concept car into reality.

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Total Commitment

As more colleagues learned about the project, Nissan employees volunteered hundreds of hours of their own time to develop and build the prototype. 

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Made by Hand

Masters, or “Takumi,” at Nissan rediscovered the art of molding and bending metal to make a prototype. And the car’s heritage-inspired body was handcrafted at the Nissan Oppama Plant in Japan. 

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Heritage Design

The car is inspired by 1940s-era automotive designs, including those of Prince Motor, of which INFINITI can trace its origins. 

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Master Work

The car’s welding, trim and chassis were built by master production engineers. 

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Powered by Electricity

The car is fully electric, powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from the Advanced Powertrain Department. 

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Ready for the Reveal

Prototype 9 will be revealed at Pebble Beach, California, in August. 

“It started as a simple thought – what if we found a car, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in a barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years? What if in this car we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of INFINITI today? What would this discovery look like?”


Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design


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History and Beyond

Although INFINITI is only 30 years old, we come from along history of performance pedigree through the Prince Motor Company, which merged with Nissan in 1966. Today, that racing spirit is found in every vehicle we build. 

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Entrepreneurial Spirit

It always begins with a sketch. Then from chassis to powertrain, our designers use meticulous craftsmanship to create each and every INFINITI vehicle. 

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Constantly Pushing Forwards

We strive to blend artistry and craftsmanship with the most advanced technology we can. But it’s only ever designed to enhance your driving experience in its purest form. 


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