Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge will make dynamic debut at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 17, 2014

The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype will make its dynamic public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place from 27–29 June. The car will be driven by Christian Horner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Sebastian Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Test & Reserve Driver.

As you may know already, the company is currently studying feasibility for the car and recently, Infinti President Johan de Nysschen said that the car could cost as much as $100,000.

For those who don’t know, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found on the Nissan GT-R, that delivers 568 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than four seconds.

Top speed is 180 mph or 290 km/h. The Q50 Eau Rouge made its debut back in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, while at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show the company announced that it reached a further step forward towards a production version with a full working prototype.

Gracing the much-awaited Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of Infiniti’s fully working non-production vehicle-- the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype. This prototype is set to make its public debut at the Goodwood Hill in West Sussex, England from June 27 to 29.

Even in its non-production form, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype – powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine -- can’t wait to wow the attendees at the Goodwood festival with its well-known driver-racers Christian Horner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Sebastian Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Test and Reserve Driver.

Buemi will be featured at the Infiniti hospitality stand during a question-and-answer session regarding the Formula One season. Unveiled first as a static design concept at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, the Q50 Eau Rouge has been shown at the Geneva motor show donning a thoroughbred V6 engine. Infiniti announced in April at the Beijing motor show that it is inching towards a production version of the concept, adding that a full working prototype is undergoing tests and evaluation.

That prototype, the Q50 Eau Rouge, will be displayed in between its performance runs at the "First Glance" area, allowing attendees to get up close and personal with the concept. While the Q50 Eau Rouge has yet to be confirmed for production, Infiniti will continue to receive feedbacks from potential customers. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held in the grounds of Goodwood House, providing the unique experience of seeing racing cars doing challenging hill climb runs.

The first motorsport event at the Goodwood House occurred in 1936 when the ninth Duke of Richmond organized a hill climb through the house’s grounds. While World War II halted the event, it also saw the construction of a nearby airfield that had a perimeter road, which eventually became the famous Goodwood circuit. Races were held from 1948 to 1966.

When Charles Gordon-Lennox, the current Earl of March and a major car enthusiast, was not permitted to restart races at the Goodwood circuit, he resolved to organize his own Festival of speed in the grounds of Goodwood House. On the very first Goodwood Festival of Speed, around 30,000 visitors came to watch. The number grew to around 180,000.

The festival does not only feature the famous hill climb, but also a concours d’elegance, a pavilion of concept cars, a technical exhibit of the future, an air display, as well as events for younger visitors. The festival’s charm simply comes from the fact that fans can stand right next to some of the most celebrated racing cars in history and meet their favorite pilots.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype to make its first dynamic appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The powerful Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype will enjoy its first dynamic public appearance this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place from June 27 to 29 in West Sussex, England.

The Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype is set to entertain the crowds attending this year's festival as it roars past with its powerful twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine running at full throttle in the hands of Christian Horner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Sebastian Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Test and Reserve Driver.

Sebastian Buemi will also be available on the Infiniti hospitality stand for a question and answer session regarding the Formula One season so far and what we can expect going forward.

The Q50 Eau Rouge started life as a static design concept revealed at the Detroit motor show earlier in the year but has since been shown at the Geneva motor show with its thoroughbred V6 engine installed. In April, during the Beijing motor show, Infiniti announced it has reached a further step forward towards a production version with a full working prototype now undergoing tests and evaluation.

It is this full working prototype that will power up the hill at Goodwood. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype will be displayed in between its performance runs at the "First Glance" area close to the start line where guests can get up close and personal with the Infiniti concept.

The most powerful Infiniti ever has not been confirmed for production, but Infiniti will continue to listen to feedback from potential customers.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, an elegant and historic country residence nestling amid England’s picturesque South Downs, the Goodwood Festival provides the startling sight of racing cars charging through its bucolic grounds – the house’s driveway turned into a dramatic, challenging and rather beautiful hillclimb venue.

Racing cars and Goodwood have been synonymous for decades, the first motorsport event occurring in 1936 when the ninth Duke of Richmond organized a hill climb through the house’s grounds. World War II brought this pursuit to a close, but also saw the construction of a nearby airfield whose perimeter road would eventually be turned into the famous Goodwood circuit.

The first race was held in 1948 and the last in 1966. When Charles Gordon-Lennox, the current Earl of March and a major car enthusiast, was prevented from reviving races at the circuit, he decided to stage his own Festival of speed in the grounds of Goodwood House.

The first event attracted 30,000 visitors, and it now draws 180,000, many considering it the finest motoring event in Britain.

Besides the hill climb, there is also a concours d’elegance, a pavilion of concept cars, a technical exhibits of the future, an air display, events for younger visitors, and much more. A highlight of the event remains the paddock where fans can stand mere inches from some of the most famous racing cars in history and, better still, meet their drivers.

The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from June 26 to June 29.

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