One of the most sought-after models at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is definitely this hot Emerg-E prototype from Infiniti, which is supposedly an anticipation of a future extreme sportscar. This fascinating model is based on the Lotus Evora but has a longer wheelbase and measures 4.64 meters in lenght, 1.95 in width and 1.22 in height, and boasts a Cd of just 0.34. Power comes from a couple of electric motors feeded by a li-ion battery pack and four invereters, while a traditional 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine delivering 47 hp and 107 Nm is used as a mere range extender.
Built around an advanced aluminum bodyshell, the Emerg-E also uses carbon fibre fairings to achieve 1,598 kg of kurb weight. The two electric motors - one for each wheel of the rear axle - generate a total power of 402 hp, with an impressive 1,000 Nm of torque, allowing the Emerge-E to cover the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, hitting its 210 km/h (130 mph) of top speed within 30 seconds.
The model uses a single-speed open-differential transmission developed by Xtrac, and its battery pack can be recharged in 10 hours through a 13 A system. The Infiniti Emerg-E is production-ready, but apparently the bosses of Nissan’s luxury brand would like to see what sort of reaction the model will receive in Geneva before making a decision on how to proceed. However, in the case the car will enter the market in its current configuration, its price is expected to be higher than 150,000 € (rougly 200,000 € / 125,000 $).
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INFINITI EMERG-E: AN ELECTRIFYING NEW TAKE ON THE SPORTS CAR
The INFINITI EMERG-E Concept, which makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012, is a highly advanced mid-ship sports car that provides an exciting glimpse into Infiniti’s future.
INFINITI EMERG-E is physical proof of Infiniti’s intension to produce a bold halo model befitting the brand’s promise of Inspired Performance, and also signals an array of exciting new technologies that the brand will adopt in its quest to build dramatic and sustainable high performance cars. INFINITI EMERG-E also provides a fresh expression of Infiniti’s design language applied to a high performance, mid-ship sports car for the first time.
INFINITI EMERG-E is also significant for being the first Infiniti that has been developed in Europe. More than that, its advanced technology deliberately draws on the knowledge of suppliers beyond Infiniti’s usual base in the quest to uncover the most innovative hardware and the deepest knowledge base. That quest has seen Infiniti become a part of the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board initiative, whose aim is to speed the arrival of low carbon vehicles to our roads.
INFINITI EMERG-E is the ultimate expression of Infiniti’s inspired performance. This 402bhp (300kW) mid-engined, twin motor, electric motors powered sports car is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just four seconds - and from zero to 130mph in a single, seamless 30 second burst. Yet it also operates as exciting, zero emission urban transport over a 30-mile range. And when the range-extender petrol engine functions in concert with its twin electric motors, it produces a CO2 output of only 55g/km (NEDC cycle).
Within its compact 4.464m length the two-seater INFINITI EMERG-E contains a pair of electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack, four inverters, a three-cylinder range-extending internal combustion engine and a petrol tank. All this is efficiently wrapped within highly aerodynamic, light bodywork characterised by a design fluency that could only come from Infiniti.