The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is confirmed to make its moving debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner and the team’s reserve driver Sebastian Buemi behind the wheel.
Although the Q50 Eau Rouge started life as a design study, the Japanese premium manufacturer is still looking into the viability of sending the super sedan to production. Obviously, the firm wants to make sure that the Q50 Eau Rouge will also be able to take the fight to the revered super saloons that the Europeans are renowned for, including BMW’s M3 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
The Q50 Eau Rouge shares an engine with its Nissan GT-R cousin, a 3,8-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Thanks to the engineers at Nissan’s Cranfield technical centre, it produces in excess of 410 kW and should be capable of a zero to 100 km/h sprint of four seconds and a top speed of nearly 300 km/h.
According to Autocar, the Cranfield folk are considered to be among the best in their field and if the Q50 Eau Rouge is to be a dynamic success, then they’re the people to do it. Also, four-time and defending Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has been testing the vehicle around the Millbrook test track in his other official role as Infiniti’s director of performance and has no doubt been providing invaluable input.
Apparently, if the Q50 Eau Rouge is greenlighted to make production status, it’ll take at least another 12 months.