Infiniti just dropped details on its Infiniti Q60 Project Black S and its a groundbreaking super coupé to the tune of 563 HP thanks to F1 tech.
It’s not too often that you see Formula 1 tech, specifically tech that makes power, integrated into a car so quickly, but Nissan has done it. Thanks to their partnership with Renault, Infiniti finally released power number on how much their Infiniti Project Black S makes (Oct 1, 2018) and reiterates the way they did it. Compared to stock, by incorporating an MGU-H and MGU-K energy harvesting units straight from Formula 1, this Infiniti Q60 coupe makes 41 percent more power compared to stock with 563 HP available at full boost unleashing all its power.
— Nissan Motor (@NissanMotor) October 2, 2018
If there’s one thing Nissan gets right, more so than other Japanese car makers dare I say one up on Honda at the moment, is its engines. The VR30DDTT in the 2019 Infiniti Q60 is already a gem of a power unit making a healthy 400 HP and 350 lb-ft at a relatively high 6400 RPM and between 1600-5200 RPM for its torque.
To add more power and lower that peak horsepower Infiniti artfully weaves in two energy harvesting units straight from F1. The MGU-H unit is placed between the turbo and compressor, and, when hot exhaust gases spin up the turbo, some of that energy is captured by the MGU-H and turned into electricity, which is in turn stored by a battery. That electricity is then used to spin up the compressor under heavy acceleration, making the turbos even more efficient.
The MGU-K system uses braking energy that would’ve been wasted as heat and turns that waste heat into, you guessed it, electricity, which charges a battery and power a pair of electric motors. With a 4.4 kWh battery to capture all that energy, there’s more than enough juice for most high-power overtaking situations when you’d see all 563 HP.
In addition, this Infiniti Q60 uses F1 brake-by-wire tech making brake applications lightning quick once a driver depresses a brake pedal. Although it’s not spelled out in the press release, you better believe they’ve knicked the brake pad materials from their Renault F1 car.
When Infiniti first partnered with Renault in 2016, I oft wondered where Nissan was going to benefit. Now, we’re beginning to see the fruits of their partnership in this prototype.