Infiniti continues to strengthen their position on the hybrid /electric auto market this year, first with the Infiniti M35h GT 2013 sedan, and secondly with the Infiniti Emerg-E 2013 sports car. The latter has made its first appearance as a concept car at this year's Geneva Motor Show, but it appeared that the company wanted to go one step further and present a fully-functional version at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Quickly transforming a concept car into a fully-functional demonstrator is not something you see too often, but the company decided to aim high. Unfortunately things didn't go too good for Infiniti, as the Emerg-E ran into technical difficulties at the event and stopped dead in its tracks.
However, as disappointing as that may be, let's not forget that this is not the final product and Infiniti will definitely not let the problem unsolved. We're talking about a carmaker with extreme attention to detail and we're confident that if there's a problem, Infiniti will mend it. That being said, let's take a look at what the Emerg-E has to offer.
Under its hood the sports car is powered by two electric motors generating 402 BHP put together. As a result the Emerg-E is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in 4 seconds, and from 0 to 130 mph in 30 seconds. The Infiniti's performance figures don't come solely from its 402 horsepower, but from its weight as well, as the sports car weights somewhere around 1600 KGs. It's not the lightest supercar we've seen to be honest, but they managed to go overboard by making use of an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber body.
On electric motors alone the Infiniti sports car is able to cover 30 urban miles, after which a range-extender petrol engine kicks in and charges the batteries. The petrol engine produces only 55g of CO2 per km (NEDC cycle) over a 300 mile range. The ultra-compact petrol engine has a capacity of 1.2 liter, comes from Lotus and develops 35 kW.
In terms of design the fully-functional demonstrative car has been true to the concept seen at Geneva, but not on the whole. For example, one of the small changes brought to the exterior is that it now benefits from a rear spoiler in order to balance the front and rear lift of the car.
Details about pricing or availability have not surfaced so far, but we're keeping a close eye on the Infiniti Emerg-E 2013.