Infiniti wants to inject some of its Formula One connections into the Q60 Project Black S. Part of that work involves a newly announced partnership between the automaker and Pirelli for custom tires that are specifically for the coupe.
The Black S will feature special versions of Pirelli’s P Zero rubber. They’ll take cues from Formula One by including colored markings on the sidewalls. The vibrant markings are similar to the way that people can easily identify the compound on the open-wheel racers by the color of the text on them.
“As we explore the feasibility of ‘Project Black S’, Pirelli’s input and knowledge, both motorsport and automotive, will be invaluable. We couldn’t be happier to have them onboard.” Tommaso Volpe, Director of Infiniti Global Motorsport, said in the partnership’s announcement.
Infiniti unveiled the Q60 Project Black S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the concept for a range-topping version of its premium coupe. Power would come from a 3.0-liter biturbo V6, and the addition of hybrid assistance would provide a nod to F1 tech. In total, this powertrain would make 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts). The electrified half of the setup would feature separate motor generator units that would use regenerative braking and harvest exhaust gas heat. The tech would add power to the crankshaft and help spin the turbo for less lag.
While the Q60 Project Black S is purely a concept, this newly announced deal points toward the possibility of it going into production. Spending the time to creating custom tires doesn’t make much sense for a one-off vehicle.
Infiniti is hinting that the Black S badge could show up on other range-topping performance models from the brand, too. This could be the closest the automotive world gets to see a model akin to the Q50 Eau Rouge on the road. The hot sedan would have used the Nissan GT-R’s powertrain. Former Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen championed the project, but the company shelved it after he left to lead Cadillac.
Gallery: Infiniti Q60 Project Black S concept
INFINITI AND PIRELLI ANNOUNCE ‘PROJECT BLACK S’ PARTNERSHIP AT THE CANADIAN GP
‘Project Black S’ explores the potential for a new INFINITI performance grade featuring unique-for-the-road technology inspired by Formula One
Pirelli’s involvement will include the design and construction of bespoke tyres, developed exclusively for Project Black S
The Italian firm will equip the Black S with P Zero tyres that are also available as part of the Coloured Edition. Just as in Formula One, there are colored markings on the sidewalls, in line with Pirelli's perfect fit strategy.
Montreal – Premium car manufacturer INFINITI and Official Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli have announced they will collaborate on INFINITI’s ‘Project Black S’.
The new partnership was announced at the Canadian GP by Tommaso Volpe, Director, INFINITI Global Motorsport, and Paul Hembery, Motorsport Director, Pirelli.
Unveiled in March 2017, ‘Project Black S’ explores the potential of a future performance grade for INFINITI. Pirelli’s contribution will include the design and construction of bespoke tyres developed exclusively for ‘Project Black S’.
The ground-breaking project hints at how a performance hybrid powertrain – developed in close collaboration with Renault Sport Formula One Team – could significantly enhance the performance and dynamics of an INFINITI Q60.
“We are very excited about our ‘Project Black S’ and the work we are doing with Renault Sport Formula One Team on performance hybrid technology,” said Volpe.
“Having another key Formula One player involved is proof of the interest it generates and will add even more focus on performance delivery. As we explore the feasibility of ‘Project Black S’, Pirelli’s input and knowledge, both motorsport and automotive, will be invaluable. We couldn’t be happier to have them onboard.”
Pirelli was attracted to the Project Black S as a true track-to-road technology transfer project.
“We were fascinated with ‘Project Black S’ since INFINITI unveiled it at the Geneva motor show earlier this year - we simply had to get involved,” said Hembery.
“’Project Black S’ is the ultimate expression of innovation and cutting-edge technology transfer, which is in our DNA, so we couldn’t let this opportunity go by. We are thrilled to be a part of it and to support INFINITI on this project.”
Thanks to motorsport and Formula One, Pirelli embarks on a new and challenging collaboration to develop dedicated tyres for a car that features outstanding performance coupled with extreme aerodynamics. Through this partnership, Pirelli's renowned sporting DNA is demonstrated once more, which is chosen to guarantee the best compromise between performance and safety.
‘Project Black S’ is a collaborative venture between INFINITI and its Renault-Nissan Alliance partner, Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrating the relationship between the two.
“It is great to have Pirelli involved in Project Black S,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing.
“We believe in the potential of this project, and the work we have done with INFINITI on it so far is very promising. Working with the best partners is vital, and Pirelli is a great addition to Project Black S; having their experience and expertise on the tyre front will make this project not only more comprehensive but even more exciting too.”
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