The Infiniti Prototype 10 is the Japanese luxury maker’s Monterey show car. And, let’s be honest, it’s a cry for attention. Infiniti has struggled for the sort of success of compatriot Lexus, so the company has gone big.
The Prototype 10 is quite interesting. The Prototype 10 will grab some headlines because it’s quite striking. And kind of irrelevant – there is absolutely no way this car is going anywhere near a production line.
What is the Infiniti Prototype 10?
Following on from the Prototype 9, Protoype 10 is an electric speedster. Looking at it, it’s quite reminiscent of Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss. Except it has fewer seats, probably so Infiniti could use the term monoposto. So, uh, yeah, not super-practical. Gorgeous, though.
The new Infiniti Prototype 10 is the work of new Executive Design Director, Karim Habib. With a new design director comes a new direction, so the 10 is about introducing some new ideas. Infiniti poached Lebanese-Canadian Habib from BMW late last year. Habib also worked at Mercedes, so he knows his way around luxury cars.
Infiniti recently announced that from 2021 its cars will be either hybrid, range extender or pure electric. If that sounds a bit far-fetched, remember that Infiniti is part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi giant.
“The Infiniti Prototype 10 echoes the layout and design of early speedsters. This period saw the creation of some of the most evocative car designs of all time, where power was celebrated through high-powered single-seat competition cars. Our new concept speaks of an electrified future, something which is reflected in its form and details.” – Karim Habib
Designed at Infiniti’s Californian design studio, the company reckons that made sense for a speedster. Something to do with the place being the natural home of the speedster. Mmkay.
This is the type of car Matt Hatton complained about, quite recently in fact. No specs, it doesn’t move under its own power. Most because it’s pretty, partly because it will annoy Matt, I love it.
As cries for attention go, it’s a good one.
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Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.