As fast as Infiniti is on the track with its sponsored Formula One racecar, the automaker sure is taking its time releasing details for the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept. This performance- and aero-tuned version of the Q50 sedan is heading for a big debut at the Detroit Auto Show, and Infiniti just released a new image and some more info on what we can only hope is a glimpse at future Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) products.

Influenced by the Red Bull Racing program, Infiniti's design team gave the Q50 a substantial once over with the concept getting an entirely new body compared to the production version of the luxury sedan making it both lower and wider. Previewed by an earlier teaser, the face of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept has a mean look with massive intakes and a carbon fiber splitter. This new image also shows off additional cues like the lightweight, 21-inch wheels as well as the carbon fiber roof, side sills and door mirrors. While we only get this single image of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, Infiniti promises a carbon fiber rear splitter, dual exhaust and a "large integrated rear spoiler."

There is still no word on what handling or engine upgrades are in store, but hopefully those GT-R-inspired hood vents are only a hint at something monstrous lurking beneath the hood. Check out the full press release posted below for a few more details on the car, but we expect Infiniti to drop some more info on the Eau Rouge Concept before its official debut.
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Infiniti Reveals First Image of Q50 Eau Rouge Concept
-Q50 Eau Rouge represents design vision for high-performance products
-Design of Q50 Eau Rouge features dramatic aerodynamic styling influenced by Infiniti's involvement in Formula One
-Q50 Eau Rouge features complex carbon composite bodywork

Hong Kong - Infiniti has revealed the first image of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept which will have its world premiere at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13.

The Q50 Eau Rouge, a high-performance design concept based on Infiniti's Q50 premium sports sedan, draws inspiration for aerodynamic design from the technical collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

Major bodywork components have been redesigned with aerodynamics in mind and manufactured carbon fiber. Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider - only the roof and door profiles remain unchanged from the production Q50. This striking design is inspired by muscularity, refinement, and understated performance intent.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge highlights include deep and detailed carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and side sill skirts; carbon fiber roof and door mirror casings; 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels; and a dual-exit exhaust sports system below a large integrated rear spoiler.

The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, was influenced by the aerodynamic styling approach taken by their colleagues at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

"From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti Q50 could look like," said Albaisa.

"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," added Albaisa.

Infiniti is also empowering social fans to unveil the all-new Q50 Eau Rouge concept car ahead of the official launch at the Detroit Motor Show on January 13. Starting from today, online advocates can drive the reveal of Infiniti's latest concept car. By sharing their views and comments through social media channels like Twitter (hashtag #F1Q50), Facebook and Weibo, fans will build the image of the concept in a virtual garage. Each "share" will help build individual Q50 components, and as more fans share, the quicker the car will be "built." Progress can be viewed on unveil.infiniti.com.

More information about the Q50 Eau Rouge will be revealed during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at 9:20 a.m. ET on January 14.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 11 Months Ago
      As long as there is no mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and the front wheels, I will pass, thank you very much. I do not have faith in their system.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
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      John Blaze
      • 11 Months Ago
      Man they need to make a 4 door GTR.
      zizixx89
      • 11 Months Ago
      This does look good hopefully the skid pad is like 0.98 avg
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 11 Months Ago
      That looks so good.
      Rochester
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lightweight 21" wheels is a non sequitur. Let's hope this brings more to the table than the last IPL did.
        msspamrefuge
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Rochester
        "Lightweight 21" wheels is a non sequitur." Especially coming from a relatively large-scale manufacturer. Cost considerations will likely incline them to leave some weight on the table, not that this size is a very good foundation for weight mitigation in the first place. I don't think a 1 or 2 shave from the diameter would make the car any less imposing, but it'll whack off some more unsprung weight.
      bubba_roe
      • 11 Months Ago
      Very nice. Much better looking than anything the Americans have to offer.
        Uhwhat?
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bubba_roe
        You always say stupid things on this blog. You should quit while you're ahead.
        Sean
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Sure, we can pretend that the new CTS never happened.
          me
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Sean
          I personally don't think that looks very good those gaping holes up front looks ricer body kit to me
      AE86
      • 11 Months Ago
      Want performance from Japan? Head over to Lexus. Lexus is busy being AMG and M fighting performance cars and Infiniti is busy doing this ?
        Rochester
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
        Busy? IDK about being busy, unless you consider repositioning for a flat market focus... Which is an odd lesson learned over the last decade after having the G save their North American butt. But hey, whatever makes money, I suppose.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
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        mitytitywhitey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
        Lexus is always late to the game. They target ///M and AMG after their models are already up for a refresh. Nissan is a technical leader. They target cars 2x as expensive and spank them. Lexus is a follower, and not a close follower at that. PS the Tundra sux; BD
        mbukukanyau
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
        Yes, call me when the LF-A can outrun a Pontiac Solstice GXP. Lexus is grandma car.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          [blocked]
        piggybox
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
        Lexus has performance? That's news to me.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @piggybox
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          miketim1
          • 11 Months Ago
          @piggybox
          If its new to you then you have been sleeping under a bunch of rocks
      Uhwhat?
      • 11 Months Ago
      How many more surface changes, undercuts, light spears and light catchers is Infiniti going to place on this thing?! I mean seriously. Does it's designers know when to stop?! This thing is the rolling embodiment of the phrase "random acts of styling". Here's a little advice for you Infiniti, "Less is more". If this company wants to compete with the like of Audi, Mercedes and the like, they need to SERIOUSLY reevaluate the sketched that they choose to move forward into production with. This thing is hideous. There isn't ONE cohesive line on the thing. It's an amalgamation of "Hoosker do's and Hoosker donts"!
      zizixx89
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is sexy as **** if intiniti wanted to they could whip AMG, M and F sports ass cause they have the GT- R to look at
      Eggmania
      • 11 Months Ago
      theyre gonna put that same old 3.7 liter piece of crap that is in everyone of their cars. dont care about infiniti anymore
        Rochester
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        The VQ37HR may get horrible gas mileage, but "piece of crap" is just ignorant hyperbole. It's an excellent engine, Eggonfface.
          muspod
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Rochester
          if 23-28mpg is horrible...
        zizixx89
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        The VQ engines are the best V6's to date the only way they will be better if they Were direct injected V6's the VK V8's are perfect
      AE86
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is joke. Infiniti has lost my attention long ago.
        Rochester
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AE86
        I don't think INFINITI cares. I suspect no one else does, either. Relax, man, it's just automotive news.
      jonnybimmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      Love the looks, just wish it had more punch. It's frustrating seeing Infiniti always lacking in the performance category (to compete against the likes of AMG, M, and Cadillac's V) when their parent company Nissan is so good at producing high performance machines. They want Infiniti to be a serious premier brand, but that'll never happen when Nissan gets the top engineering.
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