Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Infiniti | posted January 15, 2014 09:51
New Infiniti concept inspired by Formula One
Infiniti has revealed the Q50 Eau Rogue Concept car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The Q50 embodies Infiniti’s design vision of a high-performance premium sports sedan inspired by its partnership with Formula One World Champion Red Bull Racing.
The Q50 Eau Rouge is designed with features such as the bespoke aerodynamic carbon fiber bodywork and a lower and wider body. Infiniti says that the design of the Q50 is inspired by muscularity, aerodynamics, refinement, and understated power.
Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited says, “the Q50 is expected to feature over 500 horsepower and 600 lb/ft of torque”. Nysschen also said they are “evaluating a V-cylinder engine with forced induction which will serve as the engine of the Q50 Eau Rogue”.
The new front and rear fenders of the Q50 extends the current broad-shouldered stance by 20 mm, while a larger deck lid spoiler enables the car to have an air – pressure downforce. All of the Q50’s body is finished with a tailored coat of customized red paint.
Q50’s signature double-arch front grille has a dark-chrome finish same as with the glasshouse surrounds, door handles, and deck lid accents. The curving hood of the Q50 is double air-vented.
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's Executive Design Director says, the overall design of the Q50 has a number of distinctive Formula-One inspired touches. One example would be the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic design takes its inspiration from RB9 race car. Plus, the rear fog lights is a design detail taken from a Formula-One race car.