Infiniti took the wraps off their new performance coupé concept, the Project Black S, yesterday at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. While we’re very excited to see pictures of the concept model, Infiniti has remained tight lipped on quite a few technical details and its possible future as a production model.
Looking impressive at Infiniti’s exhibit, the concept car is sporting a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit which includes the front splitter, rear diffuser, fenders, side skirts and rear wing. On top of complementing the coupé’s matt grey paint job, the carbon fiber pieces works alongside a new titanium exhaust system and a set of lightweight 21-inch wheels with wide performance tires to offset the weight of those extra batteries.
Speaking of batteries, Infiniti collaborated with Renault’s Formula One division to have the Black S fitted with Formula One-inspired hybrid technology. It’s still powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, making 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in the Q60 Red Sport.
But giving it a boost is a kinetic energy system that recovers kinetic energy from braking and heat energy from exhaust gases at the turbocharger. The resulting energy is stored in high-grade discharge lithium-ion batteries and, according to AutoGuide, used to rotate the crankshaft and to turn the turbo blades quicker in order to eliminate turbo lag. There’s also the 25% power boost, meaning the Project Black S can crank out around 500 hp.
Infiniti will use the Geneva Motor Show to gauge the public’s interest in high-performance variants of their Infiniti lineup.