Project Black S showcases Infiniti dual-hybrid technology

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Infiniti’s Project Black S is an engineering testbed demonstrating potential use of Renault’s Formula 1-inspired dual-hybrid powertrain technology in a road car.

Based on the Q60 sports coupe, the vehicle includes a number of engineering developments from the 2017 Geneva design study project of the same name – including weight reduction, motorsport-inspired interior and aero bodywork updates.

Significantly, Project Black S also includes, according to the OEM, the world’s first energy recovery system that harvests energy under braking and acceleration.

The dual-hybrid technology is derived from Formula 1 systems and engineered specifically for a road vehicle. The car’s VR30 twin-turbo V6 engine was developed using two heat energy harvesting systems: the motor generator unit – heat (MGU-H), which develops electricity under acceleration; and the motor generator unit – kinetic (MGU-K), which harvests energy under braking. These technical definitions are mainstays of current Formula 1 powertrain technology.

Feasibility and performance testing will continue into 2019.

Project Black S showcases Infiniti dual-hybrid technology“Infiniti has reached another milestone on its road to electrification,” said Infiniti president Roland Krueger.

“Building on the strength and success of the electric vehicle expertise of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Infiniti is showing the Project Black S, a high-performance prototype with F1 technology resulting from collaboration within the Alliance.

“The Project Black S represents the very top end of electrification in the Alliance portfolio, and is another example of Infiniti’s entrepreneurial spirit on its journey to electrification from 2021 onward.

“Project Black S utilizes high power and smart energy management from advanced powertrains, a thrilling dynamic capability on road and track, and a performance-oriented aesthetic.

“A collaborative venture between Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One Team, the Project Black S prototype is a testbed for new ideas and technologies, demonstrating how our Alliance partnerships could make our ambitious visions a reality.”

Project Black S showcases Infiniti dual-hybrid technology

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