Infiniti track-tests Q50 Eau Rouge prototype [video]


Infiniti is pressing ahead with the evaluation of the Q50 Eau Rouge high-performance sedan, releasing a video showing the potential M5 rivalling model hitting the track for real world testing.

The brand is set to show footage of the prototype testing, at the hands of Infiniti’s Director of Performance Sebastian Vettel, at the upcoming 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

The four time Formula One world champion tested the 560+ horsepower high performance sports sedan at the Millbrook Proving Ground automotive testing facility, UK, putting the prototype through a challenging series of performance, handling and precision driving evaluations. Vettel’s invaluable feedback will be engineered into the next stages of the prototype’s extensive development program – testing components, packaging and viability.

First shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, the Q50 Eau Rouge concept is reported to be equipped with a Nissan GT-R sourced twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 that pumps out 423kW (568 bhp) and 600Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. Power is distributed to all four wheels via a seven-speed transmission that sees the car dash from 0-100km/h in around 4 seconds before hitting a top speed of approximately 289km/h (180 mph).


Earlier last month, Infiniti executives have indicated that the Q50 Eau Rouge concept could be headed for production, with at least one prototype built to study how all the parts work together.

More information regarding the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge running prototype will be released at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20. Stay tuned.


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