Infiniti along with Renault Sport Formula 1 Team Create Q60 Project Black S
Infiniti has been all about showing us its true colors lately. Following the debut—along with eventual quiet demise—of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept (in which’s literally French for “red water” yet named after the famous corner on the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit, itself named for a nearby stream), the automaker put the somewhat less exciting Q50 Red Sport 400 on sale. right now, for the 2017 Geneva auto show, Infiniti has cooked up the Project Black S concept using the Q50’s coupe sibling, the Q60.
As the more serious-sounding name suggests, the Black S is actually an entirely cooler take on the Q60 than the Red Sport 400 is actually on the Q50. Infiniti is actually leveraging its “technical partnership” with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team with in which road car, borrowing inspiration by the racing outfit’s hybrid powertrain tech.
Specifically, the racy-looking coupe benefits by Renault Sport’s energy recovery system (ERS), which harvests electrical energy using a pair of motor/generators, one connected to the driveline along with another on the engine’s electrically-powered turbocharger. In Formula 1, the system fills a lithium-ion battery with energy when your vehicle decelerates through a hybrid-car-like regenerative braking setup, as well as a system in which converts hot exhaust gas into electricity via a motor/generator on the turbocharger turbine. The fruits of these recovery efforts are then shoved back through the two motor/generators under acceleration. The same motor/generator in which harvests braking energy delivers torque directly to the engine’s crankshaft, boosting output, while the rest is actually used to electrically spin the turbocharger, also boosting the engine’s output while minimizing turbocharger lag.
Infiniti hints in which the same basic setup has been applied to its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6—the same one used from the Q50 Red Sport 400 sedan—along with then fitted to the Project Black S, resulting in a claimed 25 percent bump in output. By our math, in which’d increase the V-6’s peak horsepower by the 400-hp Red Sport 400 to an even 500 horsepower from the Black S.
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Infiniti is actually short on specifics about how the Formula 1 setup was adapted to the road car, yet you can be sure we’re eager to try the idea out—particularly given how striking the Q60 Black S looks with its aerodynamic doodads, snarling intakes, along with 21-inch wheels. In back, we see what looks like a seriously functional diffuser as well as two exhaust pipes in which could double as sewer mains. Per Infiniti, the Black S label—as well as its F1-derived power boosters—could be rolled into a brand-new performance brand in which, ostensibly, might sit above the seemingly one-along with-done Red Sport 400 treatment. We say bring the idea on, yet Infiniti should act quickly. For right now, the idea claims no additional automaker has taken Formula 1–style ERS tech along with distilled the idea into an automobile for the road. Our guess is actually in which the idea isn’t the only company looking at doing so.