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Infiniti talks electric in Beijing, announcing 2023 production models and a cool '40s open wheeler

Infiniti's Q Inspiration will serve as the base for a new electric vehicle platform to go into production by 2023
Infiniti's Q Inspiration will serve as the base for a new electric vehicle platform to go into production by 2023
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Infiniti's Q Inspiration will serve as the base for a new electric vehicle platform to go into production by 2023
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Infiniti's Q Inspiration will serve as the base for a new electric vehicle platform to go into production by 2023
Infiniti's electrification announcement came in Beijing ahead of this year's Auto China show
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Infiniti's electrification announcement came in Beijing ahead of this year's Auto China show
China's unique pollution profile and its government's hardline low-emissions stance has driven Infiniti's thinking on this project
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China's unique pollution profile and its government's hardline low-emissions stance has driven Infiniti's thinking on this project
Prototype 9 is a fully electric roadster concept based on a '40s-era open wheel GP racer. 
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Prototype 9 is a fully electric roadster concept based on a '40s-era open wheel GP racer. 
The sexy rear aspect of the Q Inspiration concept shown at Detroit earlier this year
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The sexy rear aspect of the Q Inspiration concept shown at Detroit earlier this year

Infiniti has announced it's going into production with a fully electric platform within five years, with the design to be based off the gorgeous Q Inspiration concept it debuted at this year's Detroit motor show. Oh, and there's a funky electric 1940s-style open wheeler concept to check out, too.

The announcement was made today at an Auto China preview event in Beijing. "Infiniti is developing a new platform for electrified vehicles inspired by the Q Inspiration concept car, which shows the new design language for the age of autonomy and electrification," said Infiniti Chairman and Global President Roland Krueger. "We very much had China in mind when designing the Q Inspiration, which shows a very sporty, performance-oriented electric concept, with a much bigger interior space."

The sexy rear aspect of the Q Inspiration concept shown at Detroit earlier this year
The sexy rear aspect of the Q Inspiration concept shown at Detroit earlier this year

While the original Q Inspiration was designed around Infiniti's unique variable compression ratio engine, the company sees its "compact on the outside, spacious on the inside" body packaging as compatible with any number of compact powertrains, including a fully electric one.

We hope it keeps the barn-style doors, which give widescreen access to the minimalist rear seats, as well as looking deadly cool. You can also put us down as fans of the futuristic rear aspect, as well as the concept of the front end, even if it does look a bit awkward from certain angles.

Prototype 9 concept

At the same event, the Infiniti team also pulled the covers off another concept, which started its life as a bit of an after hours project by the engineering team.

Prototype 9 is a fully electric roadster concept based on a '40s-era open wheel GP racer. 
Prototype 9 is a fully electric roadster concept based on a '40s-era open wheel GP racer. 

Prototype 9 is a handmade roadster in the shape of a 1940s-era Grand Prix open-wheeler, but powered by a prototype electric powertrain from Nissan's Advanced Powertrain department. It looks terrific, but it's hard to see it having any kind of production relevance, so let's just enjoy it for its looks, shall we?

Source: Infiniti

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