Infiniti has had some involvement in Formula One for quite some time, though it hasn’t really crossed over that much into their production cars. It looks like Infiniti is finally going to change that as they have just teased “Project Black S”, a concept car meant to highlight a new performance line that they have developed in collaboration with the RenaultSport F1 team. The concept will be based on the current Infiniti Q60 coupe and have a form of KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) but minus the “kinetic” part.
The RenaultSport F1 team likely had input on the aerodynamic package as well. The official word from Infiniti doesn’t mention any other further engine modifications besides the energy recovery system but I’m hoping that there may be a turbo or two living under the hood.
We’ll all know more about Infiniti’s Project Black S when it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. For now all we have to go on are a few images and a short press release; both of which you can check out below.
- Collaborative venture between INFINITI and the RenaultSport Formula One Team
- INFINITI investigating Formula One-inspired performance hybrid technology
- Project Black S explores the potential for an innovative new performance model line
HONG KONG – Featuring Formula One-inspired technology, Project Black S is an exploration of a new INFINITI high-performance model line. Developed in collaboration with the RenaultSport Formula One Team, Project Black S will be revealed for the first time globally at a special media event on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show.
A radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe, Project Black S features a stand-out, aerodynamic design, and hints at how a unique-for-the-road performance hybrid powertrain could significantly enhance the dynamics of an INFINITI production car.
“INFINITI is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. INFINITI has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S.”
Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI
The performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque. The result is instant, significant, lag-free acceleration. Inspired by the dual-hybrid system proven in Formula One, the technology does not yet exist in a current road car.
The reveal of Project Black S in Geneva will help to gauge potential public interest in high-performance derivatives of INFINITI cars.
More information on Project Black S will be available via www.INFINITIpresspacks.com from 17:00 (CET) on March 6.