Renault Sport Formula One and Infiniti yesterday announced the Project Black S; a more radical interpretation of the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.
According to Renault, the Project Black S features a stand-out, aerodynamically-optimized new design and also hints at how a performance hybrid powertrain – developed in close collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula One Team – could significantly enhance the performance and dynamics of the Q60.
For instance, the Project Black S, which is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine, 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.
As far as the aesthetics are concerned, the concept vehicle is finished in matt grey and black. Gloss black trim replaces the chrome found on the standard car, which surrounds the double-arch grille and lines the crescent-cut C-pillar.
While the Q60’s design aesthetic remains, the use of carbon fibre has added a more technical element. Not only is the composite more adaptable; it is also incredibly strong, and carbon fibre components could be used to balance aerodynamic efficiency with high downforce.
Large front splitter, rear diffuser, fenders and side skirts are all constructed out of carbon fibre to minimise weight and enhance downforce, while ultra-thin aero ‘blades’ in the side sills ahead of the rear wheels channel air around the lower body of the car. A large fixed rear wing – also made of carbon fibre – stands proud of the trunk lid, increasing downforce at speed.
And then there are the enlarged air intakes up front, new hood vents, vertical rear aero foils, a large rear wing, and forged 21-inch aluminium alloy wheels that are highlighted by wheel arch extensions.
Infiniti said that the Project Black S could represent the maximum level of performance and dynamic capability it offers.