We now know what the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept car brings to the table. Unveiled this month at the Detroit Auto Show, the Q50 Eau Rouge is a glimpse of what can happen when you match the spirit and look of Formula 1 racing with the inspired Performance of an Infiniti sport sedan. The results are wonderful...
Infiniti Press Release below:
- The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, revealed at the 2014 NAIAS Detroit Motor
Show, is a concept car that expresses Infiniti's design vision of a
high-performance Q50 premium sports sedan.
The Q50 Eau Rouge embodies the arresting design features of the Q50 premium
sports sedan - infused with the enticing spirit of Formula One.
Featuring bespoke aerodynamic carbon fiber bodywork, Q50 Eau Rouge is lower
and wider, possessing genuine road presence. This striking design is inspired
by muscularity, aerodynamics, refinement, and understated power.
"If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500hp and
600lb/ft of torque. Through our various alliance partners we have access to a
range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair
amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character
and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay. The engine we are evaluating for
the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced
induction. I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like
this," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company
Hints at powerful intent
The Q50 Eau Rouge was born out of competition at the very pinnacle of
motorsport, mirroring components from the successful RB9 race car.
Almost every exterior panel is bespoke to the Q50 Eau Rouge, with only the
front doors and the arch of the roof pillars retained as standard components.
Q50 Eau Rouge visibly hunkers down with menace and intent. New front and
rear fenders extend the current Q50's already broad-shouldered stance by 20mm,
while a larger deck lid spoiler creates air-pressure downforce. All of this
dynamic width is wrapped in a tailored coat of customized red paint.
Framing the paintwork across the Q50 Eau Rouge's athletic physique is
dark-chrome detailing to replace the chrome bright work of the production Q50,
darkening the concept's demeanor dramatically.
Q50's signature double-arch front grille too takes the dark-chrome's matte
finish, as do the glasshouse surrounds, door handles and deck lid accents. The
curving hood is double air-vented as a further suggestion of the capability and
purpose of the Q50 Eau Rouge.
"From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing
grew a collective desire to produce an ambitious and powerful Infiniti Q50
design study. The overall design creates a feeling of refined
muscularity," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's Executive Design Director.
"The design has a number of distinctive Formula-One inspired touches.
In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic
packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car. The rear fog light packaging
is unmistakably Formula One.
"The Q50 Eau Rouge is a combination of the seductive lines of the Q50
but with a fiercer design urge in keeping with a high-performance vehicle. The
Q50 Eau Rouge is Infiniti to the power of four; like a bull with its shoulder
muscles flexed, a bull in Infiniti clothing."
Part of the concept's exterior treatments include lightweight 21-inch forged
alloy wheels which fill the wider arches.
Premium interior. Sporting inspiration
Further underlining the sporty character of the design study, the interior
was designed to offer command and comfort.
Further precision control is afforded by a high-grip sports steering wheel
and Formula One-style paddle-shifters.
Red-infused carbon fiber detailing to the doors and center console
complement the exterior style, and dark-chrome again replaces silver-chrome in
the red cockpit.
The breadth and depth of capability is self-evident; the Q50 Eau Rouge is a
design concept that clearly indicates what Infiniti could achieve if it was to
build a performance version of the Q50 sports sedan.
"Performance is a key ingredient of Infiniti vehicles such as the Q50
sports sedan. Our involvement in Formula One provides inspiration and
excellence to our designers and engineers. Q50 Eau Rouge provides not only a
glimpse of the design language, but also the performance capability of a future
special series," de Nysschen added.
Find your modern Infiniti performance at WWW.INFINITIOFMECHANICSBURG.COM