Unlike other car companies that perfected the slow reveal to a tantalizing and sometimes agonizing strip-tease, Infiniti had sworn to keep its EMERG-E study fully clothed until it bares all at the upcoming Geneva Auto Salon. This plan was toast on Saturday night when pictures purloined from an official Infiniti press kit appeared “on the Internet,” as Carscoop claims.
“Don’t ask me how” those pictures got out, sighs Yokohama-based Infiniti spokesperson Nathalie Greve. Ok, we won’t. People at Infiniti say that they will stick to the plan and will not release details of the mid-engined, range extended supercar study until the wraps come off officially in Geneva.
The pictures look like 3D renderings, but they actually are real thing photographs, albeit heavily retouched. The car bulges with muscle and has some of the most erotic air intakes I have seen. I’ll buy it if Infiniti ever sells it.
Based on the fact “that its steering wheel resides on the right,” Car and Driver has ”a suspicion this car has been built in collaboration with Lotus.” Well, duh, cars in Japan tend to have the steering wheel on the right.
However, C&D might unwittingly be on to something. According to Saturday-night gossip in Yokohama waterfront watering holes, the car is the fruit of a contract which the British Technology Strategy Board had awarded in 2010 to a consortium of companies. The program was called REEVolution, as in premium segment “range extended electric vehicles.”
The consortium partners were Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Engineering, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, THINK, Axeon, EVO Electric and Xtrac.