Open-Wheeled Electric Retro-Roadster ‘Prototype 9’

Nissan Motor Corporation and premium automotive brand INFINITI have unveiled a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro-roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and INFINITI’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship. It represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design. Prototype 9 is emblematic of INFINITI’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for stunning design. From humble beginnings as a sketch, to the dynamic example presented at Pebble Beach, Prototype 9 has been brought to life as an after-hours endeavor by a passionate and enterprising team of employees from across the Nissan Motor Corporation.

The car is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. This nod to the future contrasts with the traditional materials and techniques applied for the Prototype 9’s manufacture, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor’s master craftspeople. Prototype 9 was inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport. The custom-built Prince R380, which also will be shown during Monterey Car Week at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, broke several land speed records in 1965 before taking overall victory at the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway. Prince Motor Company is considered to be Japan’s original builder of premium automobiles, and its legacy can be traced to INFINITI Motor Company and its current model line. Finished in a bare sheet-metal skin, Prototype 9 is the result of countless hours of careful construction.

The designs of the brand’s contemporary road cars are characterized by deep-stamping production methods, which enable the creation of sharply defined lines and smooth body surfaces. Far from production lines, this out-of-hours project required similarly technical yet more traditional crafting methods. The vehicle’s stunning bodywork is made from steel body panels wrapped around a steel ladder frame. The panels were hammered into shape by the Takumi. For Prototype 9, panel beaters incorporated INFINITI’s signature design elements, such as the double-arch grille, ‘shark gills’ aft of the front wheels, a single-crease hood, and sharp lines that stretch from front to rear. In every other respect, the car is unashamedly inspired by retro aeronautical designs. Prototype 9 is defined by its smooth, aerodynamic surfaces, long bonnet and short overhangs, an exposed cockpit, and open-wheeled layout. 19-inch center-locking wire-spoke wheels at each corner are even wrapped in period cross-ply competition tires.

Magnificent Retro Style Photos of Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Land Speed Racing is a unique sport that consists of very determined people who drive hot rods, roadsters, belly tankers, lakesters, motorcycles, streamliners, and even diesel trucks to “shoot the salt” in a simple quest to have their name added to the list of many record holders. And today we want to show you great photos of Christopher Wilson showing part of a campaign of imagery documenting Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Enjoy!

The 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

A stunning vintage Jaguar will go under the gavel at the RM Auction in Monterey this August. This 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster has been restored to prime condition, showing off smooth curves and shiny features as if it were just a lass. Several thousand of these were produced in the early 50s, both as a casual cruiser and a competitive racer, but few stand in a condition like this. The "54 Jaguar XK120" is amongst a handful of the featured lots in Monterey this year, and while it may not command the highest auction price, it is surely the belle of the ball in our eyes. Just take a look!

1:1 Scale Model of a 1959 Aston Martin

Take a look at the real work of art. It’s a model of the Aston Martin DBR1/2 that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to a Le Mans win in 1959. Produced by Evanta Motor Company it’s a 1:1 scale model on a parts tree – as in a life-sized, 20.8-feet long and 11.3-feet high, weighing between 1,100 and 1,320 pounds. “Totally handmade in the style of an AirFix kit, the entire DBR1 bodyshell is included, as well as bits such as accurately upholstered seats, four 16-inch wire wheels with Aston Martin knock-offs, a Mota Lita steering wheel and a cap signed by Shelby and Salvadori. Each part is labeled and has an AirFix-like guide number attached as if you were were really going to pore over the instruction sheet for assembly.” There is only one of them and you can see it on auction during Goodwood Revival weekend at the Goodwood circuit in the UK. The auction guide price is $20,000-£30,000 ($31,286-$46,929 U.S.). Take a look!

Unique Retro Car – 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Buegelfalte

This extraordinarily beautiful retro car BMW 328 roadster was built before WWII in an amount slightly less than 500 copies. The model that you could see at photos was developed by BMW designer Wilhelm Mayrhofer specifically to race in the 1940 Mille Miglia. After WWII, this BMW 328 roadster was taken to Russia as a compensation where until recently was stored. Despite the advanced age the car remained in excellent condition. On May 1, 2010 auction house RM Auctions in Monaco will expose this unique retro car at auction. Instead Buegelfalte BMW Museum will exhibit an exact copy, and original one will get the lucky guy who will buy it in Monaco.