Infiniti has revealed the first image of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, the high-performance design study with optimized aerodynamics and carbon fiber body components developed in collaboration with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
Set to make its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13, the Q50 Eau Rouge is a high-performance design concept based on Infiniti’s Q50 premium sports saloon.
The aerodynamic design draws inspiration from the technical collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
Major bodywork components have been redesigned with aerodynamics in mind and manufactured in carbon fiber.
The Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider – only the roof and door profiles remain unchanged from the production Q50.
Design highlights include deep and detailed carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and side sill skirts; carbon fiber roof and door mirror casings; 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels and a dual-exit exhaust sports system below a large integrated rear spoiler.
The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, was influenced by the aerodynamic styling approach taken by their colleagues at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
“From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti Q50 could look like,” said Albaisa.
“The design has a number of distinctive Formula One inspired touches. In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car,” added Albaisa.