2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Infiniti teases its range extended electric sports car concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2012

It’s not a surprise that Infiniti is planning a range extended electric sports car concept for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but today the Japanese manufacturer revealed more details as well as a teaser image. According to Infiniti, its advanced sports car concept development is on track and it will be its first model to feature not only a range-extender drivetrain but also one mounted in a mid-ship package for optimal weight distribution and therefore handling.

The new car is expected to deliver a vivid, engaging and sophisticated driving experience and will minimize the traditional compromise between thrilling performance and sustainable mobility.

“The as yet unnamed car will minimize the traditional compromise between thrilling performance and sustainable mobility. Its style, content and mid-ship package are all new to Infiniti, although the character of this striking, sports car concept remain absolutely true to the brand, as does the direction of its innovative electric vehicle engineering which is to combine extreme, low emission open-road performance with zero emission operation in urban situations.” said the press release.

Infiniti Q30 Concept conveys a coherent design vision, with its fluid contours and dynamic, its stretched silhouette, and its ambitious, artistic and authentic interior. Its design language creates a somewhat unique place for Infiniti as it reflects the brand’s hope and intent of delivering exceptional product substance in terms of materials used, design, fit and finish, craftsmanship, and overall performance.

Both of the car body’s intersecting lines and sections showcase the play between light and shadow. It also has muscular body surfaces that remind you of the litheness and the grace of cats.

Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director, used a disciplined artistic approach to come up with the Q30 Concept’s sculpt and design. He and the rest of the design team took inspiration from the use of carbon fibre and lightweight composites in order to create effortless performance and an air of lightness for the car.

According to Albaisa, the Q30 Concept does not feel heavy yet is more floating, sculptural, and horizontal. He says the car has a very clear Italian design flavor, combined with fluidity and spontaneity, and has a free-sculpture feeling that is full of Latin nuance and playfulness. Now, he suggests, try to add Japanese brushwork to Italian coachwork.

What’s more, designers at Infiniti are stretching it out to provoke and challenge the design conventions of the premium vehicle segment with fresh and contemporary ideas. Because of that, the Infiniti Q30 Concept showcases the latest evolution of the company’s design philosophy, which was introduced with the Q50.

However, the designers were given the freedom to explore and experiment on bolder, more sensual sculpting, as well as enhanced playfulness and muscularity, reflecting Infiniti's image as the seductive alternative to the more traditional premium vehicle brands.

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