Geneva 2017: Infiniti Project Black S concept

Infiniti Project Black S concept – Menacing new look for the graceful Japanese coupe

Infiniti Q60 Project Black S - Front

Infiniti has unveiled the Project Black S, a concept based on its sleek and elegant flagship coupe. The Black S version gives the Q60 a more aggressive attitude thanks to matte grey paint and carbonfibre aero additions. The race car aura that the concept sports helps emphasise the alliance between Infiniti and Renault Sport F1 as technical partners. The Project Black S concept will be shown at this year’s Geneva motor show

Despite its name the Black S is actually finished in dark grey matte. The paint alone highlights the Q60’s existing curves and makes the front arches look stretched and the rear three-quarter more defined and stronger. But it’s just an illusion, as most of the Q60’s body has been left unchanged.

> Read our review of the Infiniti Q60S

The Black S isn’t simply a Q60 with some new paint and an off the shelf wing and a diffuser, though. The concept gets a reprofiled front and rear bumper, arch extensions to cover a wider track, wheel-well vents, new sills, cooling vents in the bonnet as well as a bespoke wing and diffuser. Each of the new elements have been designed to complement and accentuate the Q60’s existing sculptured shapes and surfaces.

 

 

Mat Weaver, Infiniti’s European design director, showed evo around the car and described the process in transforming the Q60. ‘I like aggressive cars, but it has to suit the style of the car. We’ve taken cues from the Q60’s sculpture and the surfaces so everything now has an elegance to the surface as well as being quite purposeful.’

When asked if adapting the Q60’s distinctive, almost decorative exterior, to a bolder more macho look was a difficult task, Weaver said: ‘The Q60 has a strong image. So no, it was easy to contrast the elegance and the car takes it very naturally.’                                                  

To integrate the new aerodynamic items the team followed the same philosophy with the Black S modifications as it does on every project, including entire cars. ‘We call it hand of the artist, or hand of the craftsmen’ Weaver explains. The result is that each new element has a delicate, organic shape.

 

 

The flicks and shapes that Weaver and his team have created to suit the Q60’s appearance, coincidentally, look similar to the modern wings that appear on modern Formula 1 cars and further signify the relationship that Infiniti has with Renault Sport F1.

The Japanese company has shared information and technology with the F1 team for years; Renault Sport F1 helped refine the V6 that’s in the Q60 and Infiniti helped develop the energy recovery system in this year’s F1 car, the R.S. 17.

> Find out more about Renault Sport’s 2017 Formula 1 car, the R.S. 17

As the Q60 Black S is just a concept for now it’s mechanically identical to the production Q60. However, as the project continues, Infiniti plans to adapt the F1 car’s ERS package to suit the road car’s 3-litre turbocharged V6.

The ERS in the F1 car harvests energy during braking and from the heat of the exhausts, and converts it to electrical energy that is then stored in a lithium-ion battery pack. The electrical energy is used to help spin the turbo’s turbine shaft to help reduce lag, and also adds torque directly to the drivetrain.

Infiniti estimates that adding ERS to the Q60’s drivetrain could increase power by 25%, giving the Black S 500bhp. With that sort of power, combined with its track-ready look, the Q60 Project Black S would be a direct rival to the BMW M4 GTS.

> Read our review of the BMW M4 GTS

As well as the aerodynamic additions, Infiniti has also focused on improving cooling to the engine in the Black S, should it ever need to cope with the extra power. The distinctive grille on the Q60 hasn’t changed, but the bodywork around it has been flared out so air can enter either side rather than just through it. Vents have been cut into the bonnet and the lower bumper has significantly bigger and wider openings, too.

 

 

Infiniti says that the Black S will also receive an appropriately upgraded chassis. The exact details haven’t been released but the concept sits on new 21-inch wheels, and spats have been added to the arches to cover the extended track width.

Infiniti hasn’t confirmed whether it will actually build the Q60 Project Black S, or not. Instead the concept is to introduce the Black S as the top of the range model line, and assert the attitude that cars that wear the badge will have. Infiniti’s current flagship car, the Q60 Red S, combines luxury with a hint of performance. Cars sporting the Black S trim, as clarified by this concept, will be more performance-oriented.

So even if we aren’t lucky enough to be treated to a full production Q60 Project Black S, we will see other Infinitis with increased performance, more focused chassis and more aggressive exteriors.

Geneva 2017: Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance features paint made from diamonds

Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance features paint made from diamonds

 

Rolls Royce Ghost Elegance

 

Rolls will also debut spring/summer fashion collection for the Dawn Convertible

Rolls-Royce customers are typically fabulously wealthy individuals – but one collector has gone above and beyond, and the end result will go on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. An individual buyer has commissioned Rolls to create a unique long-wheelbase Ghost called the Elegance, which features a paint finish made with 1000 crushed diamonds.

The unique paint is called Diamond Stardust and creates what Rolls calls ‘the most luxurious and lustrous exterior ever seen on a motor car’. While the cost wasn’t specified, Rolls-Royce did say it was the most expensive paint to ever grace the body of a motor car.

 

Rolls Royce Ghost Elegance

 

The diamonds were milled to a fine powder before being mixed with a clear paint, in a process that took Rolls-Royce specialists two months to perfect. It added a further two days to the paint application process, too – though that’s not too much for a car which already takes months to complete.

Elsewhere on its body the Ghost Elegance features hand-painted coachlines in Mugello Red and Black. The same red features on the centre of the wheels, while the theme continues inside, with black leather and Mugello red stitching and piping throughout.

In addition to the bespoke Ghost Elegance, Rolls-Royce will be debuting its first ‘Couture collection’ – the spring/summer 2017 ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’ collection. Essentially it’s a collection of three Dawn convertibles, resplendent in bright Andalusian White paintwork and accented in three bright colours – Mugello Red, Cobalto Blue and Mandarin.

 

Rolls Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion

 

The final feature on Rolls’ stand will be the Wraith Black Badge – a more driver-focused version of the Wraith, with a redesigned suspension setup and added torque. While the end result is undeniably striking with its black paintwork, blackened chrome and dark Spirit of Ecstasy figure, it’s still a stretch to call any Rolls-Royce ‘sporty’.

All of these Rolls-Royces will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show this week. 

THAT Hypercar test that you didn’t think would happen

Possibly the best 60 minutes of motoring TV that you will see this year…

Tiff Needel, Chris Harris and Marino Franchitti take the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari for a true head-to-head ‘race’ around Circuit Portimao

Seriously, is this not what Top Gear should have been?!

For what it is worth, I’d take the Porsche 918… Not that that is likely to happen anytime some.

Enjoy:

https://youtu.be/q3YPTkBRaOk

 

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