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NAIAS 2014 Preview: Infiniti to unveil an F1-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge concept car in Detroit

NAIAS 2014 Preview: Infiniti to unveil an F1-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge concept car in Detroit image

Eric Tipan / | December 06, 2013 17:04

Aerodynamic styling and design influenced by F1’s Red Bull Racing.

Infiniti will debut a Formula One inspired concept car based on the Q50 premium sports sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Called "Q50 Eau Rouge," it is named after the world-famous corner at the F1 track in Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.  It is a perilous steep descent going to a left and then an ascent into a blind corner leading to an uphill which requires utmost strength, courage and commitment; anything less and you’ll be spinning out at 120mph.

For Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge is concept car blending road car technology and a thoroughbred motorsport vision representing Infiniti's design vision of a high performance variant of Q50.

The Q50 Eau Rouge features aerodynamic styling treatments and design elements which are influenced by Infiniti's partnership with Formula One world championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

"Performance is a key pillar of Infiniti's DNA, and this car expresses a deepened design interpretation of that.  The Q50, with an abundance of technologies, provides a great basis for an extreme performance version, embodied in the design of Q50 Eau Rouge," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's Executive Design Director.