Infiniti today released a photo and more information on the Q50 Eau Rouge concept car that it will show later this month at the 2014 Detroit auto show. An earlier teaser photo showed only the car’s nose and more aggressive front fascia.
Based on the standard 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, the Eau Rouge is a high-performance concept that is named for the famous turn at the Spa-Francorchamps Formula One circuit in Belgium. In fact, Infiniti says the Eau Rouge draws its design inspiration from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 racing car.
Compared to a standard 2014 Infiniti Q50, the Eau Rouge concept is wider thanks to custom carbon-fiber side skirts, a front splitter, and a rear diffuser. The roof and mirrors are also covered in carbon fiber, and the standard wheels have been replaced by lightweight 21-inch units. Beneath the rear spoiler and diffuser sits a new, sportier exhaust with dual tips.There’s no word yet on what powers the Eau Rouge concept, though the standard 2014 Infiniti Q50 employs a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated for 328 hp, and the Q50 Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a total of 360 hp.
Although the Eau Rouge is intended to demonstrate how Infiniti could produce go-fast version of its cars, there is no evidence that this concept car is headed to production.
“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,” Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa said in a statement. “In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car.”
Expect more details when the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept is officially revealed at the 2014 Detroit auto show on January 14.