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The Q60 Black S celebrates the firm's new technical partnership with Renault's F1 team; power expected to reach 500bhp

The Infiniti Q60 Black S, an ultra-high performance hybrid coupe concept, has been revealed.

The model, which has been designed to celebrate Infiniti’s new technical partnership with Renault’s grand prix team, will use an engine augmented by an authentic F1-style KERS system tipped to boost its total power to around 500bhp.

The new car, not guaranteed for production, has a unique powertrain being developed by Renault and Infiniti engineers in partnership at Renault’s F1 engine HQ at Viry-Chatillon, south of Paris. The car also gets an accompanying set of super-performance body mods designed at Infiniti’s Paddington studio under the supervision of European design director Mat Weaver.

The Black S is based on the top-spec, 4wd version of Infiniti’s recently launched two-door Q60 coupe, whose 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engine already produces 400bhp and gives the car 0-60mph acceleration of 5.0 seconds. With even more power and torque the Black S will be quicker still, offering “instant, lag-free acceleration”.

Infiniti has revealed the Project Black S as a prototype - take a look

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In Renault’s F1 car, separate motor generator units gather energy from braking and exhaust gas heat and re-deploy it, via a lithium ion battery pack, to power both the engine’s crankshaft and turbo compressor. The Black S engineering team want to replicate as much of this system as possible, a large and costly exercise in a road car application. Since the top-spec Q60 already costs £46,700 already, any production Black S would probably command a price well beyond £60,000.

“We’re very serious about our involvement in F1,” says Tommaso Volpe, Infiniti’s director of global motorsport. “We want the Black S to be seen as the road-going embodiment of our technical partnership with Renault. We are developing the power unit now, a big challenge because our car is already tightly packaged. But indications of success are good.”

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The partners’ confidence in the Black S project is underscored by the powerful presence of Mat Weaver’s body redesign, which completely replaces the Q60’s front and rear bumpers with more aggressive, downforce generating designs, plus neat side-skirts, working air-vents in the bonnet and front wings and massive “blued” titanium tailpipes. The Black S wheels are special design 21-inch alloys.

“The brief was easy,” says Weaver. “This is a true ‘form follows function’ job that reflects the aesthetics of the Black S’s race-bred engineering. The carbon fibre components and the aerodynamic features fit well with the car’s high performance, and our partner’s racing heritage.”

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xansamaff 9 March 2017


I can see the Nissan references, almost like a 370z from the front 3/4 but i dont agree that its a mess, it looks great. Could quite easily pass as an RS5 with the four hoops on the front as well. Imagine how many would be lining up to sing its praises then..!
bowsersheepdog 7 March 2017

Ooh no, definitely not

It looks as if they've taken a GT-R and tried to make a sci-fi version. It hasn't worked. The GT-R looks mean and brutal and powerful, built to serve a purpose, even if in reality it is more deft and incisive than its appearance suggests, whereas this just looks an uninviting mess.
DdWorks 3 March 2017

Make it... don't junk it away

Make it... don't junk it away. Don't go extinct the Eau Rouge way...