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Renault FI helps Infiniti Project Black S testing

The Renault F1 team assisted in the completion of testing of the dual-hybrid powertrain of the Infiniti Project Black S prototype.

Avatar By: Wheels.ca August 26, 2019

Infiniti and Renault F1 Team have completed the track-focused development of the unique high-performance, dual-hybrid powertrain created for the Infiniti Project Black S prototype.

The development work was signed off at Salzburgring in Austria by Renault F1 Team star Nico Hulkenberg, where two prototypes were put through their paces.

Infiniti will continue to test and validate elements of the Q60 Project Black S prototype and will take a decision on the production potential for the car and its technologies by the end of 2019.

An evolving collaboration between Infiniti and Renault F1 Team, the Project Black S prototype has served as a test-bed for development of the new Formula One-inspired powertrain technology.

The latest version of the Project Black S was revealed in Paris in fall 2018.

Since then, powertrain engineers from Renault F1 Team and Infiniti have developed the unique technology further, exploring whether it could be deployed in a high-performance road car.

Project Black S

Furthermore, the program has provided an insight into how Infiniti can work hand-in-hand with partners on developing new projects and technologies.

The Project Black S dual-hybrid powertrain technology is derived from Formula One and engineered specifically for road use.

A test-bed based on the Infiniti Q60 sports coupe and its 400 hp VR30 twin-turbo V6 engine, the dual-hybrid system combines supercar performance with smart energy management.

In a similar manner to Renault F1 Team’s R.S.19 racecar, the Project Black S’ smart powertrain stores this energy and discharges it as the driver requires, spooling up the turbochargers instantaneously as the driver opens the throttle, boosting power sent to the rear wheels via the MGU-K over continued periods of acceleration.

Currently, the dual-hybrid powertrain is capable of producing up to  563 hp – 40 per cent more than the prototype’s donor car, the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400