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2017 Geneva Motor Show: Renault F1 team partners with Infiniti on Project Black S

By Cameron Kirby, 03 Mar 2017 Events

2017 Geneva Motor Show: Renault F1 team partners with Infiniti on Project Black S

Formula One inspired tech to form backbone of new Infiniti performance line.

INFINITI has teased a new performance concept dubbed ‘Project Black S’ which it says will use Formula One inspired technology.

The car will be unveiled prior to the Geneva Motor Show next week, and was developed in collaboration with the RenaultSport Formula One team.

A variant of the Infiniti Q60 coupe, the Project Black S is said to be a “radical interpretation”, featuring aerodynamic design, and a look at how a “unique-for-the-road performance hybrid powertrain” could be implemented.

The car will feature an energy recovery system (ERS) like that seen used in F1 to recharge hybrid systems during the race.

Infiniti claims the system is inspired by the dual-hybrid system used in Formula One, and is the first of its kind for the road.

“Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid technology to our customers,” Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, said.

“Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S.”

The Japanese brand isn’t the only company investigating Formula One tech for the road, with Mercedes-AMG lifting the entire power unit from the W08 F1 car for its Project One hypercar project.

So far a single teaser of the headlights is the only image available, hinting at a continuation of Infinit’s current design language.