Infiniti is playing up its Formula One connection with a special concept version of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 called the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept. Named after the Eau Rouge corner at the Spa-Francorchamps Formula One course in Belgium, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept will debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and attempts to bring some of Infiniti’s motorsports experience into a road car.
In the teaser photo Infiniti has provided, we can see that the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept has a more aggressive front end with tweaks like a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber side mirrors,larger air intakes, and LED turn signals. There are also two small air vents on the upper edge of the hood, suggesting that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept packs extra power over the standard Q50’s 3.7-liter V-6, which puts out 328 horsepower.
We don’t know whether this concept previews an upcoming high-performance model of the Infiniti Q50, but if so it wouldn’t be the first time Infiniti has offered a Formula One-inspired production vehicle. Last year, Infiniti had a limited run of 200 Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Edition models. Although none of these 200 special editions were offered in the U.S., this special FX (now called the QX70) received performance enhancements to its 5.0-liter V-8 engine, as well as to its gearbox and aerodynamics. It wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, then, for Infiniti to unveil an upgraded version of the Q50 sometime later in 2014.
Look for more information to come about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept to come closer to its official debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show.