Infiniti is presenting at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance its newest concept car that signifies its great desire to develop new electric and e-power vehicle that will deliver not just intense driving pleasure and extended range, but also breathtaking performance. Built as a speedster, the new Infiniti Prototype 10 provides a glimpse on what drives can expect –in terms of looks, technology and performance – from the marque’s electrified models.
Infiniti is moving on to its plan to start offering new electrified products in 2021, with the Prototype 10 serving as the carmaker’s proof that it is serious on this endeavor to offer a new range of ultra-low emissions vehicles.
The unveiling of the new Infiniti Prototype 10 follows the reveal of other prior design studies in the last 12 months. The Infiniti Prototype 9 was revealed at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance while the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
While the open-wheeled, electric retro-theme Prototype 9 was Infiniti’s take on roadster racing in the 1930s, the Prototype 10 is its representation of the future as inspired by the spirit of early speedsters. It design borrows from the 2018 Q Inspiration concept, which previews the new look of future Infiniti models. It evolves the form language first seen on the Prototype 9 and Q Inspiration, and serves as a clue on how Infiniti plans to evolve the looks of its production models. As a single-seat speedster, the Prototype 10 embodies Infiniti’s desire to electrify its cars, and its promise to deliver new levels of performance and driving pleasure.
The new Infiniti Prototype 10 was designed under direction of Karim Habib, Infiniti's new Executive Design Director. Its creation was overseen by Infiniti's Japan design center; designed digitally in the United Kingdom; and crafted by hand in San Diego, California. It features a monoposto (single-seat) cockpit that indicates new opportunities that opened for the carmaker by making use of flexible vehicle platforms and electrified powertrains.
According to Infiniti, the new Prototype 10 boasts of clear, concise lines and confident proportions seen on the Q Inspiration, but without the body volume of the concept sedan. The design of the new Prototype 10 is essentially defined by flowing bodyworks, ultra-modern shapes, as well as clean abrupt lines. Its clean, uninterrupted surfaces are a reference to its electrical power source.
Its performance, meanwhile, is clearly expressed by its low speedster layout, confident proportions, a long bonnet, open cockpit and a dramatic fin behind the driver's seat.
The monoposto cockpit of the new Infiniti Prototype 10 is inspired by single-seat formula race cars, featuring a highly technical race-inspired steering wheel mounted on lightweight carbon fiber struts extruding out of the bodywork. It makes use of Infiniti's steer-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering.
Its driver gets to enjoy a single seat trimmed in black leather with red stitching. The seat has been mounted low to lower the overall center of gravity, with only the head of the driver visible above the bodywork.
The new Infiniti Prototype 10 also hints at the possibility of the brand’s new electrified vehicles be underpinned by rigid, modular platforms with flat floors. The use of modular platforms will allow the carmaker to apply electric powertrains in variety of way in different body types and sizes, include sedans, sports cars and SUVs.