Most of the Formula 1 technology that make it into production cars nowadays are often used on supercars and hypercars such as the upcoming Mercedes-AMG One. Infiniti however hopes to apply F1's hybrid technology on more common road cars. In fact, the luxury brand is set to debut a prototype called Project Black S at the upcoming Paris Motor Show to showcase how the tech can be used.
“Infiniti has reached another milestone on its road to electrification. Building on the strength and success of the electric vehicle expertise of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, Infiniti is showing the Project Black S, a high-performance prototype with F1 technology resulting from collaboration within the Alliance,” said Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President at Infiniti.
The Project Black S prototype is based off an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe but uses a prototype hybrid powertrain. Under the hood, it uses the brand's VR30 twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 but features an energy recovery sytem (ERS) similar to F1's KERS. Combined, the car now produces 571 PS, allowing it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds and have an improved power-to-weight ratio.
To harvest energy, Project Black S uses three motor generator units (MGU). The single MGU-K (Kinetic) harvest energy from braking, similar to Formula 1 cars. The two MGU-H (Heat) are fitted in the twin tubro system to harvest heat from exhaust gasses. This allows the car to gain energy from both braking and acceleration.
Externally, the Infiniti Q60 also got a makeover to help improve aerodynamic efficiency. Up front, there's a new bumper with larger air intakes, giving it a more aggressive look. At the rear, there's a new wing which was developed in collaboration with the Renault Sport F1 team.
Project Black S shows Infiniti's 'commitment to developing exciting high-performance electrified powertrain'. The brand hopes to electrify its entire portfolio from 2021 onwards.