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Infiniti teases new electrified concept

Electrified performance concept furthers Infiniti vision of joy-to-drive EVs

Published: August 11, 2018, 6:30 PM
Updated: August 18, 2018, 5:07 AM

Infiniti performance concept teaser

For the second year in a row, Infiniti will be bringing an electric concept to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and like last year’s Prototype 9, it looks as if this will also be a single seater racecar, though it’s hard to tell from the teaser image released by the company.

And that’s what makes for a confusing release, which new executive design director Karim Habib described as “providing clues to where the Infiniti brand is heading,” as it heads toward electrification in 2021.

Infiniti Prototype 9

Infiniti states it is meant to signal the company’s intent to deliver driving enjoyment and thrilling performance even with electrified powertrains by building powerful, efficient cars that are a joy to drive.

The image seems to look down into the cockpit of an open race car (with a moulded seat, 4-point harness and small steering wheel) ahead of an “engine” cowl with Infiniti imprinted on either side. We’re not sure if the piece to the right of the cockpit is a canopy that fits over the driver.

Infiniti Prototype 9

The Prototype 9 was a retro-styled roadster inspired by single-seater open-wheel race cars from the 1940s, if they had been built with today’s technology and production know-how.

In spring of this year, Infiniti also confirmed its intent to produce an electric platform based on the Q Inspiration concept, with the first product being a sedan that will come to market in the coming five years.

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

More information about the new performance concept will be available at its reveal August 23.