Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Hints at 'Extreme Performance'

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

With more than a month still ahead of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Infinti just released a teaser of something it calls the “Q50 Eau Rouge.”

Infiniti says the concept is inspired by Formula One, but hasn’t released many details on what that means. The photo shows mirror caps and a lower front lip made of carbon fiber, possibly previewing future performance oriented variants of the Japanese brand’s new sedan.

“Performance is a key pillar of Infiniti’s DNA and this car expresses a deepened design interpretation of that. The Q50, with an abundance of technologies, provides a great basis for an extreme performance version, embodied in the design of Q50 Eau Rouge,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.

The company named its concept after the famous corner at the F1 track in Spa-Francorchamps and says the car features aerodynamic enhancements along with elements influenced by the brand’s partnership with the Infiniti Red Bull F1 racing team.

Infiniti’s performance line vehicles – the IPL variants – are only mildly enhanced from a performance standpoint. Albasia’s comments hint at the possibility of a higher-performing version of the Q50 that could help the company push into higher-performing territory.

Discuss this story at our Infiniti Q50 forum.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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