Based on the brand’s Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe, the Project Black S is notable for a powertrain that showcases Formula One racing gas-electric hybrid technology that promises 563 hp from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 working with three electric motors.
Infiniti says that output should be enough to move the Project Black S from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds. We tend to believe that: the Q60 Red Sport 400, with its 400-hp version of this gas engine, will do the triple-digit sprint in about 4.5 seconds.
In developing the prototype with the Renault Sport Formula One team, Infiniti’s goal was to showcase how Formula One hybrid technology could be used to create a seriously quick road car. Not that Infiniti is the first manufacturer to pass that milestone: the Acura NSX derives 573 hp from its own twin-turbo V6 and, yes, a trio of electric motors.
The Project Black S prototype builds on a similarly named design study of 2017. While we suspect most of Infiniti’s future hybrid models will be far more modest in their performance aspirations, the fact that this one is based on an existing model suggests a very real chance the company will product something like it in the next decade.
Infiniti will pull the covers off the Project Black S next week at the car’s global Paris auto show debut.