Infiniti's newly unveiled Project Black S performance concept, shown last week at the Geneva auto show, traces its heritage not to parent company Nissan but to Nissan's alliance partner Renault.
Infiniti is testing reaction to the new high-powered hybrid system that draws upon a similar technology used by the Renault Sport Formula One racing team.
The system recaptures kinetic energy during braking to generate electricity that is stored in a high-rate discharge lithium ion battery.
That electricity powers an electric motor that adds torque and horsepower to the wheels. It also speeds up the turbocharger turbine, helping the engine generate more power. Infiniti estimates the high-performance hybrid system can boost overall drivetrain power output by 25 percent.
Infiniti Motor Co. President Roland Krueger said he is serious about bringing the technology to market as soon as possible, but he declined to offer a concrete timeline.
"This is very important for us," he told Automotive News.
The system was developed with the help of Nissan group engineers on loan to Renault SA to help with Renault's Formula One team. Infiniti has been a technical partner of Renault since the 2016 season.
"We want to share this project to exemplify how far we believe we can go and to also demonstrate that we are part of the alliance," Krueger said. "We have a great engineering base, and we have a huge company behind us."
Krueger envisions Project Black S as a top-tier performance grade for Infiniti that sits above the current Red Sport package.