Model used F1-style hybrid tech
First on display in 2017
Infiniti has been showing off a special version of the Q60 coupe with F1-style hybrid engine tech since as far back as 2017. Now, however, it appears that the ultimate version of the coupe will no longer be headed to production.
It was called the Infiniti Q60 Black S, a version of the Q60 with a hybrid electric driveline that boosted the 400 hp 3.0L twin-turbo V6 all the way to 563 hp. The Black S name was intended to be a step beyond the Red S models Infiniti currently offers. When the concept was revealed, developed in partnership with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team Infiniti said there were no hybrid systems on the market like it.
Boasting loads of carbon-fibre, the concept used regenerative braking as well as a heat recovery system that harvested heat from the car’s exhaust gases. Now Infiniti is out of F1, and the Black S is no longer headed to production, says Automotive News.
Though the plans are shelved, “the concept continues to inspire us,” Infiniti spokesperson Kyle Bazemore told AN.
“We’re not really in the racing business,” Infiniti National Dealer Advisory Board chairman Ed Lennon told AN. “I would much rather see something like the QX60 [crossover]. That’s a volume vehicle, that’s where this company needs to go.” A low-volume sports car is no longer the halo sales proposition that it used to be.