Infiniti Project Black S to get F1 hybrid tech


Infiniti is working on the Project Black S and the prototype will be unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The Nissan-owned luxury marque said that the car will feature Formula One dual-hybrid electric powertrain.

Speaking of which, the powertrain combines a VR30 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with two more electric turbochargers (MGU-H) and a single MGU-K which harvests kinetic energy from braking. The system output is 420 kW or 571 hp, whereas the conventional VR30 engine produces 298 kW or 405 hp. The power-to-weight ratio is estimated to be 235 W/kg, achieving a 0-100 km acceleration under 4 seconds.

The Black S is based on the Q60 Red Sport 400, and is being developed in association with Renault Sport Formula One Team. According to Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President at Infiniti, the prototype is a testbed for new ideas and technologies, demonstrating how the Alliance partnerships could make ambitious visions a reality.

Renault’s F1 team is mainly helping with the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The carbon fibre wing apparently has a similar aerodynamic profile to the F1 Team’s Monza wing which provides a relatively low level of downforce for an F1 car.

For the road car, the team is relying on digital modeling technology which allows for subtle changes to the shape and proportions of the wing, and a fine-tuned compromise between maximum straight-line stability and high traction under cornering.

“The Project Black S represents the very top end of electrification in the Alliance portfolio, and is another example of Infiniti’s entrepreneurial spirit on its journey to electrification from 2021 onward,” said Krueger.

Update: Project Black S debuts in Paris with lots of carbon and F1 tech

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