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.

Toroidion 1MW Electric Supercar Concept

Today we want to show you another example of dazzling design and high performance coming together in the form of an electric vehicle. The 1,341 horsepower Toroidion 1MW concept supercar is powered by an all-electric powertrain that’s fueled by a high-capacity battery that can easily be replaced at any time. Designed, developed and manufactured by the Toroidion’s in-house team in Finland, the curtain was lifted on the 1MW at the recent Top Marques Monaco Show. Despite its dramatic looks and potential for even more dramatic performance (a claimed top speed of 300 mph, but more tests are needed), this supercar is actually built to be street-legal. Take a look!

Renault Twizy Sport F1 Electric Concept

Renault represented their latest concept – the Twizy Sport F1 – which was designed to crank up the performance of your average electric car with its kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), similar to that used in its formula 1 race cars. The result is six times the power output — almost 100 horsepower — which pushes the car from 0-62 in the same time as the Renault Mégane Renaultsport 265. As for the exterior, the futuristic Twizy looks like a curious mix between a smart car, lunar rover, and bobcat construction vehicle and features a front splitter, side-pods, rear wing, and a diffuser with an F1-style rain light. This light is controlled with a colorful gamepad-like steering wheel on the inside, which also controls the KERS, radio and rain light. This concept most likely will never be released so enjoy the pictures!

C-1 “Rolling Smartphone” Electric Vehicle

Lit Motors is based out of San Francisco, and is headed up by industrial/automotive designer Daniel Kim. Kim and his team have developed a sleek vehicle called Lit C-1 – a small, single-seat electric urban vehicle. The C-1 uses electronically-controlled gyroscopes to remain upright even in the case of an accident. This gyroscopically stabilized electric urban vehicle combines the efficiency and small size of a motorcycle with the safety and durability of a car. It can be charged up in six hours, has a top speed of 120mph, and the battery provides enough autonomy for 150 to 220 miles. It will be available in 2014 and will sell for $12,000 to $16,000.

Morgan Electric Plus E Sports Car

This amazing combination of retro look and newest technologies is called Electric Plus E running on electric energy. British automaker Morgan has unveiled their newest concept, the Electric Plus E, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. With design based on the Morgan Plus 8, the Electric Plus E was fitted with a Zytek electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, two power sources that allow the vehicle to travel up to 120 miles on just a single charge. The Morgan Plus E Concept produces an output of 160 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque while mated to a five-speed manual transmission. These figures allow it to travel from 0-62 mph in 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.