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Earlier this month Infiniti and Red Bull announced plans to reveal a four-part video series that guides us through the development of an F1 car. The two companies promised to reveal part of those "beyond-your-clearance," "need-to-know basis" secrets that transform an F1 car into an amazing piece of engineering.

In the first episode they explained the design and development processes of an F1 car.

Today the second episode called "Composites" was released, and it explains the process the team goes through to construct actual pieces of the car. As usual, the video brings exclusive interviews with team members, but also detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedures required to make an F1 car.

In the next two episodes you will learn about manufacturing and will discover how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of our Milton Keynes HQ.

You can see the first episode after the jump.

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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced plans to change its naming strategy once again. The usual G, M, FX, EX names were dropped and all models will get new names prefixed by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models.

Next to the Q or QX lettering, each model will also get a double digit representing its level within the range. The first model to adopt the new strategy was the Q50 — a sedan that replaced the G37. It will be followed by the Q30 Coupe, plus there are rumors that suggest there will also be a flagship model called either Q70 or Q80.

Now, Infiniti released a video that explains why the company opted for this new naming strategy. The company launched its first model in 1989. It was named Q45 and the new naming strategy pays tribute to this original model.

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Developing a racecar suitable for Formula 1 competition can be a pretty difficult task, but it looks like for the folks over at Infiniti and Red Bull, it is a piece of cake, as the two companies teamed up and developed a very successful F1 car.

Infiniti and Red Bull prepared a four-part video that helps us understand how they developed such an amazing car, and we have the first part here.

This first video presents the design and development processes of an F1 car, which normally takes up to five months to complete. You will see exclusive interviews with team members and enjoy detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedure required to develop a racer.

The development is a pretty complex process, and it starts with the design stage, then moves to the development of a 60-percent scale model, numerous wind tunnel tests and finally, the built of the actual car.

Check out the video above to see it for yourself.

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Infiniti in cooperation with Gilt.com developed two special editions Q50 luxury sedans : one developed by Thom Browne and the other by Zac Posen. Both models will be put on sale on Gilt on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Each unit will be offered with an exclusive ZAC Zac Posen Smartphone Clutch.

The Q50 by Thom Browne features an exterior finished in chrome, while the interior gets Thom Browne signature red, white and blue stripe on the seats and in other areas. For the trunk Browne is also offering a special designed luggage set.

The unit designed by Zac Posen is painted in a ombré effect, starting with a light silver in matte finish up front and up to a dark grey a high-gloss finish at the rear. For the interior Posen opted for exclusive materials like velvet, shagreen, and leather, in rich shades of red.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.

Infiniti unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the Q30 concept - a mixture between a coupe, hatchback and crossover set to be put into production in 2015.

The design of the Q30 Concept looks sharp and appears to have been designed with plenty of inspiration from other Infiniti concepts from previous years, including the Etherea . Incidentally, the latter was also a compact concept that was introduced a few years ago.

One of the few details we have of the Q30 Concept is that it will carry the same front-wheel-drive platform that you can find in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class . That’s not a coincidence, considering that the two brands joined forces a few years ago to share some of its technology and development know-how with each other.

The engine for the concept will likely come in the form of a hybrid although don’t be surprised if the production version opts for the more traditional four-cylinder engine.

Another curious tidbit about the Q30 Concept is the involvement of Infiniti’s director of performance, Sebastian Vettel. Yep, the reigning F1 world champion will be heavily involved in the development of the production model so that’s something we can all look forward to as well.

Updated 09/11/2013: The new Infiniti Q30 made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and the production version is expected to arrive in 2015. Check out the picture gallery to see the new Q30 in all its glory.

Click past the jump to read about the new Infiniti Q30 Concept.

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Last year, Infiniti confirmed via Johan de Nysschen’s Facebook account that a new flagship sedan was under developed, and that it could deliver up to 550 horsepower. Now, Autoblog has come into the possession of a mysterious sketch that reveals an Infiniti four-door coupe. To lend even more credence to the sketch, it is signed by Alfonso Albaisa — Infiniti’s new executive design director.

To no surprise, the sketch reveals a model that continues from where the Essence concept left: it adds a large grille, headlights and kinked rear-quarter glass. However, when compared to any other Infiniti model, its wheelbase is very long — a strong indication that this is a new flagship model that will sit atop the automaker’s lineup.

As for its name, we are thinking something like Q80 or Q90, given Infiniti will use the new Q70 name for its current range-topper: the M sedan .

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence concept.

Source: Autoblog
Infiniti EMERG-E

The long-awaited Infiniti supercar is drawing closer and closer to making its debut. No official date was given on an arrival date, that is until now.

According to a new report by Autocar, Infiniti appears set to launch its supercar sometime between 2017 and 2018.

That’s the awesome news. What’s still murky is details surrounding the car’s aesthetics, something Infiniti’s European boss, Fintan Knight, admits is still in the "layout evaluation" phase. Rumors have pointed to styling influences attributed to the Essence and Emerg-e , which would be really awesome if that were the case.

Likewise, the supercar’s powertrain is still being discussed, although the prevailing thought seems to point to a V-6 engine that will work in sync with an electric motor.

You can also expect a certain level of F1 knowledge that will be used on the supercar, a luxury afforded by the brand’s involvement with Red Bull Racing and reigning F1 champion and current Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel .

It certainly goes without saying that Infiniti’s recent model expansion is attributed to the company’s plans to become more of a player in the industry. A number of new models are already being prepared for debuts in the coming years with the unquestioned highlight being the "still-in-development" supercar that will show its face for the first time as early as 2017.

Click past the jump to read about the Infiniti Emerg-E Concept

Source: Autocar
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In 2009, Infiniti replaced the G35 with the more powerful G37 Now another switch is set to take place in 2014. This time around, however, the model is not changing just the engine, but it will adopt a new nomenclature and design too.

The new Q50 has received a smooth yet dynamic design language, with LED-infused headlights, a "double arch" grille and a crescent-shaped C-pillar. For the interior, Infiniti has placed higher-quality materials and user-focused advanced technology.

In the U.S. market, the Q50 will be offered with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but customers interested in environment can opt for a new-to-the-model hybrid version that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.

The new Infiniti Q50 made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the summer 2013 in both standard and hybrid versions.

UPDATE 03/21/13: A leaked document guide for the new Infiniti Q50 reveals further details on the new sports sedan. The document reveals that the gasoline-powered Q50 will be offered in three trim levels: base, premium and sport, while the hybrid version will only come in premium and sport versions. Both models will be offered in AWD and RWD versions. Customers will have to choose between eight exterior colors and three interior colors combined with aluminum and wood insertions. There will also be lots of packages that will offer the clients the possibility to further customized their models: Technology Package, Deluxe Technology Package, Moonroof Package, Deluxe Touring Package and Navigation Package. Click here to see the guide.

UPDATE 04/02/13: Infiniti USA has launched anofficial configurator for the new Q50 sedan. Thanks to the new site, you will be able to configure each version of the new Q50, selecting trims, colors and packages.

UPDATE 06/25/13: Infiniti has released a pre-release price hike on the new Q50. You can see all of the details after the jump.

UPDATE 07/08/13: Infiniti has announced the release date for the Q50. See the details after the jump.

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Infiniti Essence

A few weeks ago it was reported that Infiniti was planning to offer new hybrid and electric vehicles in the next three years. Naw, however, Infiniti’s new boss is reconsidering the company’s priorities and is pushing back plans for electric vehicles because they will not help push the company to its 500,000-unit goal.

In a recent interview, Johan de Nysschen confirmed that hitting the aforementioned goal is an “inordinately ambitious challenge.” Last year, Nissan’s luxury arm sold just 170,000 units, so 500,000 by 2017 looks to be a little tougher than expected.

Nysschen also said that electric cars or production versions of those dramatic sports-car concepts displayed at recent auto shows make no sense in the current lineup. Instead, Infiniti will focus on offering volume nameplates, such as an entry-level compact to debut in 2015.

Also, Infiniti plans to offer two new halo cars placed above the current M sedan , which Infiniti is renaming the Q70. These new models will be "high-performance luxury cars, not a sports car." Nysschen said that the two new models will be designed more "Porsche Panamera-like than BMW 7 series"

Both models will be inspired by theEssence concept hybrid coupe unveiled at the 2009 Geneva auto show, will share drivetrains, but will get different bodies.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence Concept.

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If you believed the 2011 Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was just a design exercise, you are about to be proven wrong. It looks like the concept was just a preview for a new crossover set to be launched in the next two years.

Talking about the future model, Infiniti boss Andy Palmer said it will be placed between "the Audi A3 and Audi Q3" and that this will be made possible by a new three-way adjustable ride height system.

The new crossover will follow Infiniti’s new naming strategy and it is believed to be called Q30. The model will follow in the footsteps of the Qashqai and Juke crossovers in terms of entering into established segments with new models. Palmer made it quite clear that despite the similarities, the Q30 won’t be "a copy of the Nissan Qashqai, but a car that can span established brackets within the market."

The model will differentiate itself with a unique styling and, of course, a more luxurious styling.

Updated 05/16/2013: Today we have created a rendering for the upcoming Infinti Q30. Click past the jump to see how it differs from the Etherea concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Etherea concept.

Source: AutoCar

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