It is with Renault Sport F1 that Infiniti developed the twin hybrid engines that equip Project Black S. On the one hand because the brand is a member of the Renault-Nissan alliance, and on the other hand because it is a technical partner of the F1 team at Le Diamange. This is what makes it possible to present this impressive concept car that Infiniti hopes to be able to commercialize. If this were the case, it would be a good publicity move for Nissan’s premium subsidiary, which is going on 30 years of existence. Because it would be the first to offer, for the first time, a road vehicle equipped with F1’s ERS system.
Let us try to popularize this technology, by explaining it as simply as possible. The aim is to recycle the kinetic energy (from braking) and thermal energy (from the heat of the exhaust gases) in order to transform them into electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery. This electrical energy is used occasionally to increase the efficiency of the turbocharger, and to increase the power of the 3.0L twin-turbo V6 by 25%. Thus, the power goes from 400 to 500 hp, with the promise of dazzling and immediate accelerations.
As you can see, it was not the ecological fibre that guided Infiniti in the development of Project Black S, but only performance, to our great delight. To support this new technology, a beautiful case was needed. Of course, the Q60 coupé, the second generation of which was launched last year, was chosen for a high carbon fibre impact treatment. Front bumper blade, wings, side skirts, rear diffuser and aileron are thus manufactured with this material. The front bumper air inlets have been generously enlarged, while two air outlets appear on the hood. A matt grey paint has been chosen for the car, and the elements usually chrome-plated become glossy black. Add to that a dual titanium exhaust system, and you’ll understand that Project Black S is not just another car.