Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Production Decision Coming Later This Year

The Infiniti Q60 Project Black S could be inching closer to production as the company announced the Renault F1 Team has completed its “track-focused development” of the model.

While the latest version of the car was unveiled last fall, engineers from Infiniti and the Renault F1 Team have continued testing and refining the model. The automaker didn’t go into many specifics, but said they have “developed the unique [powertrain] technology further, exploring whether it could be deployed in a high-performance road car.”

Their work seems to have been a success as Infiniti says the car’s development was signed off by Nico Hülkenberg who took a prototype for a spin at the Salzburgring in Austria.

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Infiniti Project Black S Concept-5

Despite the completion of hybrid powertrain development, Infiniti will still continue to test and validate the Q60 Project Black S. There’s a good reason for this as the company confirmed it is exploring the possibility of putting the car into limited production.

A final decision is due later this year, but Infiniti’s Deputy Chairman, Mike Colleran, said it’s “too early to predict the outcome as we need a solid business case.” That doesn’t sound too promising, but Colleran noted “the latest rounds of testing have proved its unique performance and underlines our pursuit of electrified performance.”

Regardless of whether or not the car is green lighted, the Q60 Project Black S is based on the Q60 Red Sport 400 and features two energy harvesting systems. The electricity generated by them is stored in a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and it is then used by the e-turbos and an electric motor that is integrated into the rear axle.

This setup enables the car to produce 563 hp (418 kW / 568 PS) which is 163 hp (121 kW / 165 PS) more than the standard model. Thanks to the extra oomph, the model can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than four seconds.

 

  • Honda NSX-R

    With how well Nissan is doing, I seriously doubt it’ll happen. It’ll be the Q50 Eau Rouge situation all over again

    • DetrinKD

      Honestly… that was my first thought. But you have to spend money to make it and the foundation of the turn-around they need to make has to be product. This car would do wonders for Infinitis brand and image at this very moment. They are pushing for an electrified performance image in the future… what’s better than a flagship powered by a ground breaking electric Formula 1 inspired powertrain.

      They may take a loss on each one sold, but the injection into the brand would be invaluable. It would do wonders to launch a lineup of cars that they can say was inspired by the Black S and features some of the technology.

      But I know that’s all a pipe dream. But I’m rooting for them to do it!

  • Tabs Luther

    If they could get rid of that crappy steering system and make this (its far too late for the interior), it would become the most desirable thing in their lineup. How much would it cost? It would have to be priced below the base GTR to make any sense.

    • Honda NSX-R

      This car doesn’t have the Direct Adaptive Steering so they’re one step closer to what you would want lol

      • DetrinKD

        Didn’t know that.

  • Mr. EP9

    They’re not going to make this thing, they’re going to pull the plug.

  • DetrinKD

    Approving it for production would be a great way to put a highlight on their 30 year anniversary. Take one for the team Infiniti (Nissan) and send this car into limited production!

  • An Existing Person

    Praying this does go into production and doesn’t follow the route of the Eau Rouge. A limited production and a not too insane price tag would make this a compelling purchase. It certainly has the design done properly, and the F1 technology would be very cool if they could make it work with minimal or no issues.

  • Bo Hanan
  • Jawohl

    Ah Infiniti. So much potential but has ended up as a largely ignored lux brand just like Genesis. Would likely sell so much better badged as a Nissan

  • SteersUright

    Waaaaaaay too late. I feel like they showed this concept 10 years ago. Move on. Create an all new Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe already.

  • Howfarr

    Simple: YES!
    Come on Infiniti, put yourselves back on the map

  • Porkopolis

    Huh, I didn’t know Nissan owns Veilside…

  • Tenzin Lekmeon

    My tuned q50 does 0-60 in less than ~3.5 secs. Infiniti should focus on how the car handles around a track and upgrade their infotainment system and put a dual clutch in this thing.

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