Earlier this month Infiniti revealed that prototype using hybrid technology and central to the Q60 Black S Concept has been put to test for a possible production-car application soon if the exercise proves successful. Obviously, the luxury carmaker is looking to leverage the engineering synergies from its Formula One partner Renault. Infiniti is confident that a variation of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in Renault’s F1 campaign could be transferred to mainstream production car.
While this is happening, Infiniti has also made it clear that it has no plans to produce a Nissan Leaf-based variant for its line-up but instead, promises to break new ground in the luxury EV sector with different technology applications. According to Infiniti vice-president of product strategy Francois Bancon, “We can go after Tesla. Mercedes is doing that with the EQ, BMW with ‘i’ etcetera. Or you can propose something that can shake up the market, which is in the Infiniti DNA. We want to do something bigger than Nissan’s Leaf.”
The application of KERS technology according to Bancon has some limitations. “It should be on the Q60 because you cannot do (KERS) on a big car if you want to get the best benefit because anything like a QX70 would be too heavy,” he explained. This means that KERS can be most efficiently applied – to lightweight sports cars and grand tourers rather than heavy crossovers in the Infiniti line-up at some point in the future.