Despite the gloomy headlines surrounding parent Nissan, premium division Infiniti is pushing on with the development of the Project Black S – an ambitious plan between Infiniti and the Renault F1 team (which the former sponsors) to turn the Q60 coupe into a cutting edge, electrified sports car incorporating the latest F1 technologies.
Like the Mercedes-AMG One, the Project Black S incorporates both the MGU-H and MGU-K energy recovery systems alongside a 3.0-litre V6 to produce over 560 hp and a yet-to-be-revealed amount of torque powering the rear wheels. Expect the Newton-metre figure to be substantial due to the electrics involved.
Like an F1 race car, the Project Black S will feature aerodynamics to increase downforce and a ‘by-wire’ braking system with carbon ceramic rotors. Suffice to say, this will easily be Infiniti’s fastest car yet and the technologies may well feature in the next generation GT-R.
In fact, Infiniti will decide by end of the year if the Project Black S goes into production after the Renault F1 Team, led by driver Nico Hulkenberg, ‘signed off’ on the track development of the dual-hybrid system on the prototypes at Salzburgring in Austria recently. Till then, fingers crossed.