INFINITI’s Project Black S explores the potential for a new INFINITI performance grade, featuring unique-for-the-road, Formula One-derived technology.
Suggesting a radical reinterpretation of the INFINITI Q60 coupe, the Project Black S features a stand-out, aerodynamically-optimized new design. It also hints at how a dual-hybrid powertrain – developed in close collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula One team – could significantly enhance the performance and dynamics of an INFINITI production car.
Well proven in Formula One, the dual-hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S does not yet exist in a current road car. It 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.
A new ‘Black S’ grade, showcased by the new concept, could represent the maximum level of performance and dynamic capability offered by INFINITI, sitting above the company’s newly upgraded ‘Red S’ and ‘Silver S’ model lines. INFINITI believes there is potential for a ‘Black S’ grade that offers progressive levels of product enhancement – including higher power and torque from innovative powertrains, new or uprated suspension systems, and unique design elements.
The unveiling of the Project Black S concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will help to gauge potential interest in high-performance derivatives of INFINITI cars.