Infiniti first unveiled their Project Black S back in 2017 with a car based on F1 racing tech. While that car was just an exercise in design, the new Project S Prototype is said to have some actual and impressive engineering behind it. Of course, when you base a car on F1 racing tech, top-notch engineering is a must. The new prototype was developed in concert with the Renault Sport F1 team.
The car is based on the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400. The model uses a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V6 that has been modified to include a hybrid system. Much like an F1 racer, the prototype gets its electricity from two sources. The first is a “motor generator unit-kinetic” that uses energy from braking to produce electricity, much like regenerative braking systems in other hybrid vehicles. The “motor generator unit-heat” uses heat from the exhaust system to generate the rest of the electricity. The electricity is stored in a 4.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The hybrid portion of the car functions in two ways. The first is to spool up the turbochargers so that the gasoline engine is more responsive. The second is to power the electric motor that partners with the V6 engine to power the rear wheels. This partnership adds another 163 horsepower, bringing the total to 563 horsepower.
The good news is that every indication hints at this being a concept car rather than a racecar, so it just might be available to the public.