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2012 Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

2012 Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

Infiniti Emerg-e is a highly advanced, mid-ship, electric motors powered sports car concept. It projects Infiniti's already advanced electric vehicle technology deep into the future with a range-extender powertrain that delivers the performance expected of sports car bearing the Infiniti badge. (continued below)

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Source: Infiniti | Published: Tue Mar 06, 2012

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Combining thrilling performance with the scope to drive in urban conditions for up to 30 miles with zero emissions, it emits no more than 55 g/km of CO2 (NEDC cycle) over a 300 mile combined range. Infiniti Emerg-e lays down a radical new marker for mid-ship sports cars, and explores one of a number of the alternative propulsion avenues that Infiniti is considering.

The thinking that brought the Infiniti Emerg-e concept about came from the department of Francois Bancon, Division General Manager of Exploratory and Advanced Product. "When I was in charge of exploring the next step, I thought, how can we be innovative? We started with Essence. It was very successful, but arguably not a dynamic performance flagship. Then came ETHEREA, an indication of Infiniti's future in the compact luxury segment. Now we have to think about a flagship, an emblem for the brand - not necessarily a big car, a limousine, because Infiniti is about inspired performance, and sporty cars," said Bancon.

Creating a sporty, dynamic and unusual flagship is one inspiration for the Infiniti Emerg-e program, but equally important is Infiniti's continued exploration of alternative propulsion systems, a logical next-step for a company that is already selling the advanced Infiniti M35 Hybrid.

That exploration takes an unusual form with Infiniti Emerg-e, its range-extender driveline a first for Infiniti.

"Infiniti has a deep knowledge of what an internal combustion engine is because this is what we are providing, and we also have a deep knowledge of what hybrid is, which we are also providing in the market right now," explained Bancon of Infiniti's decision to pursue a range-extender series hybrid technology. "This is about changing the rules of the game. You have more and more cities in Europe that are banning internal combustion engine emissions, but with this car you can run downtown in London, for example, with no guilt - you are not guilty, because you are zero emission. At the same time, you're going to have fun on a racetrack with the maximum performance you can enjoy."

Infiniti Emerg-e also represents a new way of developing cars for Infiniti. It is the first car developed in Europe, and the first car it has built as part of a UK government sponsored technology initiative. That initiative is run by the Technology Strategy board, whose aim is to fast track the arrival of low carbon cars to the UK's roads. The TSB's competition is framed to encourage contact with innovative and pioneering suppliers who might not normally gain access to major manufacturers, providing Infiniti with the opportunity to harness promising new technologies that might enable it to produce better low carbon cars. That projects like Infiniti Emerg-e only qualify for partial funding if they pioneer new technologies - which this Infiniti clearly does - also encourages innovation.

"This is a new way of thinking about the sports car of the future," said Bancon.

Infiniti Emerg-e Concept: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I3 + Two Electric Motors
Displacement 73 cu in (1200 cc)
Power 47 hp / 35 kW @ 3500 rpm
Torque 79 lb-ft / 107 Nm @ 2500 rpm
Redline n/a
Electric Power 402 hp (300 kW)
Electric Torque 738 lb-ft (1000 Nm)
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission Variable Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/35 R19 - 275/30 R20
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 175.7 in
Width 76.9 in
Height 48 in
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph / 0-100 km/h 4 s / 4.2 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 mph Braking n/a
Top Speed 130 mph / 210 km/h
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin Japan
Where Built Japan
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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