The Inspiration 10 concept car continues the retro theme from the automaker with a sleek roadster that almost looks like it’s made out of silver. This is the second reveal Infiniti has made at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance.
Last years Prototype 9 gave us that 40s vintage look with exposed wheels and all. This year it was all about speed, streamlined curves, and a race car cockpit.
So, what does a one-seater race car have to do with electric vehicles for Infiniti? Let’s find out.
Infiniti’s Latest Electric Vehicle
Yes, concept cars don’t make it past the show floor 99% of the time. And yes, much of it is purely marketing hype, rather than practical design. With that being said, concept cars, like the Prototype 10, can also give us a peek into the minds of car designers.
Design director Karim Habib thinks of this latest creation as a demonstration of the potential that all-electric vehicles can provide. Evocative designs of the past are deemed impractical by today’s standards because of the limitations of traditional motors.
He says this concept car “hints at the potential for Infiniti to adopt rigid, modular platforms with flat floors to underpin every one of its new electrified vehicles.”
A Race Car Body
Let’s just take a moment to talk about how impressive this blast from the past is on the outside. It immediately transports you back to the humble beginnings of races during the 40s and 50s. Cars were a lot heavier back then, so they needed to be smaller and more streamlined.
The Infiniti concept car hugs the ground and is very short. This would make handling a breeze–if it were operational. While the overall look of this car wouldn’t vibe with the majority of consumers, some features definitely would.
Check out the angled air intakes at the front. These would replace the traditional front grill. This could realistically be what Infiniti’s future electric vehicles incorporate in the future. The headlights may even be viable features, as LEDs can output a ton of light within a small space.
When you move onto the side and back of the Inspiration 10, there seems to be less to work with on future designs. Sometimes concept artists just want to make art to test the boundaries. This is all very important to keep things from getting stagnant in the office.
Electrified for the Future
When you add up all the aerodynamic characteristics going on with this car, you get a vision of highly efficient cooling solutions. Infiniti is trying to demonstrate ways that you can cool the battery pack on an electric car while ditching traditional body design. They took an old race car aesthetic and transformed it into a specialized electric vehicle.
When you start talking about the inside of Infiniti’s latest electric vehicle, there’s a lot more room for interpretation. Just a quick peek into the driver’s cockpit, you’ll see all the typical racing trappings. You have your racing harness, a performance-style steering wheel, and large pedals.
The instrument display is straightforward and reflective of how streamlined electric vehicles can be. Consumers will obviously need more than basic gauges; nobody is going to buy a new car without an on-screen display.
Making the Preparations
Infiniti is excited about what they can do with the internal layout of electric cars. Accommodating electric motors and batteries is much more intuitive physically than traditional gas engines. They are making lighter, slimmer car bodies that can work with electric powertrains.
Nothing is definite at this point, as everything is still in the design phases, but you can see the thought process. We think this latest concept car is Infiniti’s way of sharing their vision of future creativity, free of limitations. Taking this design too literally could miss the real potential for a rebirth of innovation in the automobile.
Functionality and artistic expression can live side-by-side, thanks to electric vehicle innovations.
What to Expect Next
They say that you must take a look back before moving forward. This latest electric vehicle concept by Infiniti certainly fits the bill. The craftsmanship on display here is simply a work of art. This thing could go on display at any major art gallery and turn heads.
Infiniti wants to do more than just win concept car awards, though. They are looking forward to leading the charge in the electric car space in the coming years. Things will start to pick up quickly as other automakers look to transition fully into BEV (battery electric vehicle) offerings.
Infiniti has projected that they will have two new electric vehicles and Nissan itself will four by 2022. The first Infiniti electric vehicle is slated to come out in 2021, but only as a hybrid. Going forward, Nissan has pledged that all new vehicle announcements will be electric after 2021.
The six electric vehicles will make up Nissan and Infiniti’s share of the 12 electric vehicles planned for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi by 2022. Future electric vehicle announcements are slated to be BEV and not just hybrids.
Speed Bumps Along the Way
The company has been critical of the number of government incentives recently. Nissan/Infiniti’s CEO has cited the need for lower developmental costs and greater public education for EVs to succeed. Nissan has also begun forming relationships with Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng Motor.
This move will increase building capacity of the automaker, signifying their vast investment towards an “electrified future.” While it won’t be on the same scale as EV giant Tesla @6k/per week, it will be tens of thousands more than current production with just the Nissan Leaf.
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