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Infiniti Project Black S Makes 563 Horsepower for Paris

The return of KERS

Infiniti continues to work on bringing Formula One hybrid technology to its road cars. The automaker revealed an updated Project Black S prototype at the Paris Motor Show.

We saw an earlier version of the vehicle last year at the Geneva Motor Show. Its claim to fame is its kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) inspired by race cars. The model, developed in collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula One Team, features three motor generator units, including one that harvests kinetic energy from braking.

Two other units, fitted to the 3.0-liter engine’s twin electric turbochargers, gather heat energy from exhaust gases. With this system, the powertrain can create electric power while braking and accelerating.

Last year, Infiniti declined to reveal power output for the prototype, but now it’s saying the dual-hybrid powertrain can deliver 563 hp. That’s 163 more hp than the Q60 Red Sport 400 from which the prototype is based. Infiniti estimates a 0-62-mph time of under four seconds, and a power-to-weight ratio of 235W/kg.

The new prototype looks slightly different than its predecessor, bearing new yellow accents on the wheels and lower front vents.

Infiniti is ramping up its efforts with the Project Black S as it prepares to electrify its lineup starting in 2021. After that year, all Infiniti models will be electrified with the exception of large SUVs.