Infiniti hasn't given up on the 563-hp Project Black S just yet
The Infiniti Project Black S prototype was first introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and then again at the 2018 Paris Motor show, but while the brand has been toying with the idea of building a production version ever since, they've never actually followed up on it.
For reasons that I'm not sure I'd be able to explain, I've developed quite an affection for Infiniti. The luxury division of Nissan was founded in 1989 and has been struggling in recent times, having also announced their decision to leave Europe and other markets outside the US for good by the end of 2020, so they've definitely got rather more pressing issues to think about at the moment.
In a recent interview with Motor Trend, Infiniti's vice president Jeff Pope said that production of the Project Black hasn't been ruled out just yet. Having said that, Pope also made it clear that production isn't exactly around the corner and won't be easy. Pope said that "you can't just take the F1 technology and throw it into a vehicle" but still thinks that going down this road will eventually provide the brand with "insights into future technologies that can actually be used".
The Project Black S features a complex hybrid units with two "energy harvesting systems" that can store electricity into its 4.4 kWh battery and use it to feed the electric engine powering the rear wheels. This electric unit is twinned with a VR30 twin-turbo V6 engine making 563 hp.
It is a phenomenally complex and exciting system for a passenger car and that's probably one of the reasons why building a production version is taking much longer than expected.
Furthermore, this is something Infiniti has always been good at, the Project Black S looks rather striking. It features a muscle car body style with sharp cuts and angles and matte black paint festooned with gold elements here and there. There's also a giant spoiler at the back and titanium exhaust tips incorporated in the rear bumper.
The cockpit looks Q60-esque with the addition of black leather and Alcantara bucket seats with contrast yellow stitching and decoration.
I don't know what's gonna happen next with Infiniti – no one does except high-ranking people working for the company – but I certainly to hope one of these on the road sooner rather than later.