Infiniti is still looking to trademark ‘Eau Rouge’ after filing an application for the name back on January 8. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website, the trademark is still being considered.
The American automaker hopes to use the name Eau Rouge for a range of performance-oriented models likely to be led by the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. The name of course refers to the famous corner of the same name at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium which it itself gets the name from a stream in the Ardennes forest.
If the trademark is granted, trademark lawyer Edward Chalfie believes that the circuit which is owned by the local Walloninan government, has a case for receiving compensation for each car sold using the Eau Rouge name.
As for the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, the most impressive thing about it is that it borrows the Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine. It is interesting to point out that this GT-R sourced engine found in the Q50 actually delivers 568 hp and 600 Nm of torque which is more than ‘regular’ GT-R. This engine is then 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.