litre V6 and electric motor with lithium-ion batt.
The Infiniti Essence concept which was unveiled at the
2009 Geneva Motor Show is a luxurious and stylish 2 seat
sports car designed to celebrate Infiniti's 20 year anniversary
and also showcase the future of design for the brand.
The concept was created as a "brand icon", it
is not intended for production but instead it is meant
to promote Infinti as they enter the European market and
demonstrate Infiniti design principles.
The classic coupe proportions and muscular, flowing lines
of the Infinti Essence are hard to find fault with. The
appearance is both timelessly beautiful and contemporary.
The c-pillars have a unique curve to them which works
particularly well when viewed from the rear 3/4 angle.
The concept's front end is characterized by Infiniti's
signature double-arch grille, set at an angle that suggests
the car is about to leap forward. There is an illuminated
Infiniti badge at its heart. Rounded corners effectively
hide the front overhang
The relatively conservative interior of the Infiniti Essence
concept has been designed around the differing needs of
the occupants. For the driver all the controls have been
laid out in a simple, ergonomic manner with all the major
functions close at hand. On the passenger side the feeling
is very different. Instead of the purposeful black upholstery
for the driver, the passenger side is trimmed in a soothing
earthy red color and there is very simple decor. Materials
used in the cabin include leather, Alcantara suede and
hand-painted wood inspired by traditional Japanese lacquerware.
The hybrid drivetrain of the Infiniti Essence consists
of a 434 horsepower, 3.7 litre, twin turbocharged V6 engine
working in conjunction with a 158 horsepower electric
motor located between the engine and transmission. The
lithium-ion battery pack which supplies the electric motor
with power is topped up during deceleration by using the
electric motor as a generator.
Optimum energy consumption and performance is achieved
through the use of two separate clutches which regulate
the input from the two different power sources. Both the
V6 and the electric motor send their power to the rear
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