In line with their electrification plans from 2021 onwards, INFINITI will be showcasing how the world’s first dual-hybrid electric powertrain from Formula 1 can be applied on a road car with the Project Black S prototype due to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next week.
With a VR30 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 as the beating heart, supplemented by an Energy Recovery System (ERS), the Project Black S is expected to make 571 hp, achieving a 0 to 100 km/h time in under four seconds. The standard VR30 engine only makes around 405 hp.
The prototype’s unique powertrain employs three motor generator units (MGU). A single MGU-K (‘K’ stands for ‘kinetic’) unit harvests kinetic energy from braking.
Uniquely, the engine’s twin electric turbochargers are fitted with two MGU-H (‘H’ for ‘heat’) units, to harvest heat energy from exhaust gases. This enables the powertrain to generate electrical power under both braking and acceleration.
Based on the Q60 Red Sports coupe, the Black S is built in partnership with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team will represent the highest level of performance, dynamic capability, effective aerodynamics and intelligent energy management of the INFINITI brand.
The partnership will give INFINITI the access to more specialist development technologies, including advanced digital validation tools for optimising the car’s aerodynamics.
The latter is evident in the high-tech design of the rear wing finished in carbon fibre, validated by Renault Sport Formula 1 Team’s aerodynamic experts.
The wing has similar aerodynamic characteristics to the Renault Sport Formula 1 team’s ‘Monza’ wing, which provides maximum straight-line stability and high-traction under cornering.