Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge: Muscular, Purposeful, Refined


January 13, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 7, 2015
  • Q50 Eau Rouge concept provides a glimpse of Infiniti’s design prowess for high-performance vehicles
  • Exterior features Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One design influences
  • Q50 Eau Rouge hints at future powerful product line

The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, revealed at the 2014 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show, is a concept car that expresses Infiniti’s design vision of a high-performance Q50 premium sports sedan.

The Q50 Eau Rouge embodies the arresting design features of the Q50 premium sports sedan – infused with the enticing spirit of Formula One.

Featuring bespoke aerodynamic carbon fibre bodywork, Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider, possessing genuine road presence. This striking design is inspired by muscularity, aerodynamics, refinement, and understated power.

“If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500hp and 600lb/ft of torque. Through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay. The engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction.

I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like this,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

Hints at powerful intent

The Q50 Eau Rouge was born out of competition at the very pinnacle of motorsport, mirroring components from the successful RB9 race car.

Almost every exterior panel is bespoke to the Q50 Eau Rouge, with only the front doors and the arch of the roof pillars retained as standard components.

Q50 Eau Rouge visibly hunkers down with menace and intent. New front and rear wings extend the current Q50’s already broad-shouldered stance by 20mm, while a larger deck lid spoiler creates air-pressure downforce. All of this dynamic width is wrapped in a tailored coat of customised red paint.

Framing the paintwork across the Q50 Eau Rouge’s athletic physique is dark-chrome detailing to replace the chrome bright work of the production Q50, darkening the concept’s demeanor dramatically.

Q50’s signature double-arch front grille too takes the dark-chrome’s matte finish, as do the glasshouse surrounds, door handles and deck lid accents. The curving hood is double air-vented as a further suggestion of the capability and purpose of the Q50 Eau Rouge.

“From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce an ambitious and powerful Infiniti Q50 design study.  The overall design creates a feeling of refined muscularity,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.

“The design has a number of distinctive Formula-One inspired touches. In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car. The rear fog light packaging is unmistakably Formula One.

“The Q50 Eau Rouge is a combination of the seductive lines of the Q50 but with a fiercer design urge in keeping with a high-performance vehicle. The Q50 Eau Rouge is Infiniti to the power of four; like a bull with its shoulder muscles flexed, a bull in Infiniti clothing.”

Part of the concept’s exterior treatments include lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels which fill the wider arches.

Premium interior. Sporting inspiration

Further underlining the sporty character of the design study, the interior was designed to offer command and comfort.

Further precision control is afforded by a high-grip sports steering wheel and Formula One-style paddle-shifters.

Red-infused carbon fibre detailing to the doors and centre console complement the exterior style, and dark-chrome again replaces silver-chrome in the red cockpit.

The breadth and depth of capability is self-evident; the Q50 Eau Rouge is a design concept that clearly indicates what Infiniti could achieve if it were to build a performance version of the Q50 sports sedan.

“Performance is a key ingredient of Infiniti vehicles such as the Q50 sports sedan. Our involvement in Formula One provides inspiration and excellence to our designers and engineers. Q50 Eau Rouge provides not only a glimpse of the design language, but also the performance capability of a future special series,” de Nysschen added.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge specifications

Exterior dimensions (inches)

Q50 sports sedan

Q50 Eau Rouge

Wheelbase

112.2

112.2

Overall length

189.1

189.1

Overall width

71.8

72.6 (+20mm)

Overall height

56.8

56.3

Front track   width

60.8

61.6 (+20mm)

Rear track   width

61.8

62.6 (+20mm)

 

Exterior features

Q50 sports sedan

Q50 Eau Rouge

Front bumper Sport-type with LED daytime running lights Bespoke carbon fibre with twin-pane lower   air-splitter and brake cooling ducting
Front grille and body accents High-shine chrome finish Black-chrome finish
Hood Steel / aluminium Bespoke steel / aluminium with twin cooling vents
Front and rear wheel arches Steel Bespoke wide arches adding +10mm each side
Roof Steel Bespoke lightweight carbon composite
Wing mirrors Body-color, power controlled, heated Bespoke carbon fibre, power controlled, heated
Side skirts Sport-type Bespoke carbon fibre with airflow management vanes
Rear bumper Sport-type Bespoke one-piece carbon fibre with integral diffuser. Enclosed LED brake light from RB9 Formula One car
Deck lid spoiler Low-drag integral High-downforce integral
Exhaust Dual-exit sport-type with chrome finishers Bespoke dual-exit, wide-bore stainless steel with   chrome finishers
Body paint Multiple color choice Bespoke red paint with   red-infused high-gloss lacquer
Wheels 17 to 19 inch aluminium alloy 21 inch forged lightweight aluminium alloy

 

Interior features

Q50 sports sedan

Q50 Eau Rouge

Seating Sport-type, leather-appointed Bespoke Recaro Alcantara and leather-appointed,   race-type
Steering wheel Leather-covered with controls Bespoke Alcantara-covered, race-type with   F1-style paddle-shifters
Trim types Maple wood / aluminium Bespoke body-color carbon fibre panelling to   center console and doors, black-chrome accents, Alcantara