“If Infiniti were run as a dictatorship, we would already be building this car,” he said at the Geneva Motor Show.
“However, we need to conduct detailed feasibility studies. Fitting a Nissan GT-R engine to a four-door saloon is not easy – the GT-R has a transaxle for one, which we could never have in the Q50. There are intercooler packaging, vibration harmonic challenges and many other issues too.
“It is, however, an official project study,” confirmed de Nysschen, although he didn’t offer an estimate of when this will be complete.
He did add that he didn’t think there would be any branding issues from using the Nissan GT-R’s engine. “As a starting point, the world would forgive us…”
‘Infiniti’s own F1 pace car’
The Infiniti CEO, formerly boss of Audi America, said the idea for the Eau Rouge came from discussions around the firm’s F1 sponsorship. “We said, if Infiniti were to get the F1 pace car contract, what model would we use?
“We instead decided to build one!”
De Nysschen also added that he hoped Eau Rouge could become a high performance sub brand. “There wouldn’t necessarily be an Eau Rouge version of ever model, but there could be more than one.”