Sitting at each corner of a production-bound Infiniti Q60 Black S will be Pirelli rubber.
Both Infiniti and Pirelli used the previous weekend’s 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix as a stage to announce the new partnership.
If you’ll recall, the Project Black S began life as a pretty wild concept car, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, Infiniti’s Australian division head, Bernard Michel, let it slip a production version of the car was in the “advanced” stages before officially saying the car had been given a green light internally. Never mind the Infiniti Performance Line or the Q50 Eau Rouge concept. The future is black.
Now, Pirelli will supply the tires for the hyper-focused Q60 and whatever else comes forth from Project Black S.
Pirelli said it was attracted to the Q60 Black S development because it represents a true track-to-street program—the Project Black S was born in part from the Renault Sport Formula One team. Powering the original concept is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 augmented by a hybrid system. Power could be rated around 500 horsepower.
Pirelli and Infiniti will look at two key areas in tire development: performance and aerodynamics. If Infiniti wants to show its German rivals from the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG performance divisions a thing or two, exclusive Pirelli tires are certainly one important component to a successful sport coupe.