The luxury-car division from Nissan – Infiniti – has quite lots of daring moves recently with interesting models like the Q50 Eau Rouge concept or the Q50 Red Sport 400. And in 2018 Paris Motor Show, Infiniti has continued to show their tenacity with the new take on the Q60: Infiniti Project Black S. Interesting enough, the Project Black S is a collaboration prototype from Infiniti and Renault Sport Formula 1. So, what does this Project Black S feature? Let’s take a look!
As mentioned, the Infiniti Project Black S is Infiniti’s next level of its technical partnership with Renault Sport Formula 1. It is an electric-powertrain hybrid, two-seat coupe with a pretty aggressive styling.
Similar to the Renault R.S. 18 F1, the Project Black S inherited the two energy generating technologies: the “motor generator unit-kinetic” (MGU-K) which gathers electricity from braking; and the “motor generator unit-heat” (MGU-H) which generates electricity from the exhaust’s heat. Those energies will then be stored in a 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack located at the rear-seat area. The harvested energy can be used to either make the gasoline engine more responsive, or, energize the electric motor which works alongside with the V-6.
And talking about the V-6, the Infiniti Project Black S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V-6 engine. Combining with the hybrid system, the car gains an additional 163hp, making up a total of 563hp. In case you are curious about the weight, the entire hybrid system adds an additional 200kg (or 400lbs), which pushes the car’s overall weight to 1,776kg (or approx. 3915lbs). That said, the car is said to be capable of hitting from 0 to 60mph in less than 4sec, which is legit actually. As for driving, the Infiniti Project Black S includes 3 modes: Road, Quali, and Race, each has unique mapping and performance outputs with Race mode is hottest of all.
Aside from the mentioned hybrid system, the Project Black S also features various enhancements, including the carbon-fibre replacements for the hood, trunk lid, fenders, and roof; dual air vents in front of the hood; wider front splitter; titanium exhaust tips; and sporty, 21-inch, forged-aluminum racing wheels. But perhaps the most significant change here is the carbon-fibre-finished rear wing which has similar aerodynamic feature like Renault F1 race car. Specifically, it further enhances stabilization as the car goes in straight line and gains better traction when cornering.
Unfortunately, the Infiniti Project Black S is a prototype only. There will be only 2 models built and all 2 will be used as tech-demo only. Furthermore, it will serve as foundation for future Infiniti hybrid and all-electric cars in 2021.
And who knows? Maybe we will get to see this Project Black S concept as a full-fledge production car someday. But for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!
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