After debuting at Detroit, Infiniti has come about as close as one can to confirming the epic Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept for production without actually doing so. While the styling of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept did draw in the crowds at Detroit and Geneva, the real headline is the fact that the car features the brutal 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine from the Nissan GT-R!
As of yet, we’ve yet to see the Q50 Eau Rouge running but that is set to change at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 with the company confirming the car will have its dynamic debut at England’s premiere car festival. The concept will be driven up the famous hill climb on multiple occasions by Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test & Reserve driver Sebastian Buemi as well as the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
The engine beneath the skin of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept delivers a total of 568 hp and 600 Nm of torque and is mated to a 7-speed transmission driving all four wheels. The all-wheel drive system has a constant 50/50 front-to-rear torque split and predictions suggest the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept can hit 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of around 290 km/h (180 mph).
Clearly benefitting from its ongoing involvement with the Red Bull Formula One team, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept also features a host of new aerodynamic components giving it extra downforce. Some of the most notable new aerodynamic parts include a prominent carbon fiber front splitter as well as side skirts and a clean rear diffuser made out of the lightweight material. What’s more, the roof of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is also carbon fiber, like the new M3’s, helping to lower the centre of gravity. All up, the visual modifications make for a 20 mm wider track both front and rear.