We had previously brought you news of Infiniti’s plans to unveil a Formula One inspired concept vehicle at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Well, Infiniti has released a first image of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept.

Q50_Eau_Rouge_ConceptObvious right away are how major bodywork components have been redesigned with aerodynamics in mind and manufactured carbon fiber. While the roof and door profiles remain unchanged, the Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider than the production Q50. Design highlights include deep and detailed carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and side sill skirts; carbon fiber roof and door mirror casings; 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels; and a dual-exhaust sports system below a large integrated rear spoiler.

The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, was influenced by the aerodynamic styling approach taken by their colleagues at Infiniti Red Bull Racing. “From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce a vision of what a high-performance Infiniti Q50 could look like,” said Albaisa.

“The design has a number of distinctive Formula One inspired touches.  In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car,” added Albaisa.

More information about the Q50 Eau Rouge will be revealed during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at 9:20 a.m. ET on January 14.