Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

Published on January 3, 2014 in Detroit by Gilles Olivier

Infiniti has unveiled its Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit for the more performance-oriented buyer.

Infiniti says the design of the car includes elements inspired by Formula 1. It’s a way for Renault-Nissan to strengthen its partnership with Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 - a collaboration that has allowed both entities to capture the driver’s and builder’s championship in 2013.

The name "Eau Rouge" refers to the steep slope of the Spa- Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Aesthetically, the concept features aerodynamic elements which give it a much more aggressive style including:
- A carbon fiber air intake;
- Side skirts;
- A discreet rear diffuser;
- Roof and mirrors housings in carbon fiber;
- Forged alloy 21-inch wheels.

It’s very likely that the production model simply becomes the Q50 Infiniti IPL. The good news is that it likely won’t be just another set of bolt-on modifications and a badge.

"If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque," Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti said at the show. "The engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction.

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