Infiniti has revealed their latest iteration of the Project Black S hybrid sports car with some fascinating new technology.
It looks like Infiniti is trying to set themselves up as a car brand for the future. They’ve been hard at work studying different ways to recover energy since unveiling their Project Black S design study last year. The Japanese brand is looking to electrify their entire lineup starting in 2021 in order to be world leaders in energy efficiency, and it looks like they’re well on their way.
Infiniti calls their Project Black S the world’s first “dual-hybrid” sports car. If it’s a little confusing how a car can have two hybrid powertrains in one car, it’ll become a little clearer when we get down to the nitty-gritty details of just how this hybrid works.
To start, Project Black S is essentially a Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe and retains the same 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 it’s always had. That engine on its own produces 400 hp, but here’s where the “dual-hybrid” powertrain comes in.
While most hybrids just have one way to recover energy--from the brakes during braking--the Project Black S actually has two ways to recover energy. An electric generator is connected to the brakes and regenerates the car's battery whenever they’re engaged, but there’s also a pair of generators connected to each of the engine’s turbochargers. Those generators harvest energy from the heat of the waste gases produced by the internal combustion engine and convert it into electricity.
The technology comes from Nissan’s Formula One team. All combined, Project Black S produces a total of 563 hp and is expected to be able to run to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds.
Infinity also says that the big carbon fiber rear wing also comes from Formula One, and "offers a fine-tuned compromise between maximum straight-line stability and high traction under cornering."
To us, the whole thing looks like a Nissan GT-R that’s a little less square and a little more curved, especially given those twin hood nostrils.
Be that as it may, this thing might just have the best fuel mileage of any sports car ever made. We’ll have to wait for Infiniti to perform further testing to find out just how efficient Project Black S truly is.