(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Infiniti Emerg-E, the advanced mid-ship sports car that provides an exciting glimpse into Infiniti's future, has gone on display in the Middle East for the first time. Appearing at Dubai International Motor Show, and first displayed at Geneva Motor Show, it's not often that a Concept car gets transformed into a working demonstrator, but that's exactly what Infiniti has done in conjunction with the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board.
Working closely with the TSB and partners Lotus Engineering, NTCE, CGI, EVO, Xtrac and a number of UK-based specialist technology leaders, Emerg-E has become a reality. ''Normally these design concepts, appear in a motorshow and they've got a small electric motor in them, just enough to move them on and off the stand,'' said Jerry Hardcastle, vice-president vehicle design and development, the Nissan Group Technology Centre Europe and Chairman of the UK's Automotive Council. ''We said, how about putting a real car under there and showing what it would look like as a running vehicle, and at the same time use this collaboration of UK companies to demonstrate the UK capability in this area.''
The advanced technology showcased in Infiniti Emerg-E 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. The partial-funding from the TSB has significantly deepened the resource that the Infiniti can draw upon in the development of Emerg-E and technology relevant for the future of the automobile.''
The Emerg-E provides a fresh expression of Infiniti's design language applied to a high performance, mid-ship sports car for the first time. The demonstrator cars remain true to the spirit and inspiration of the Concept car; twin electric motors generate 402bhp (300kW), making Emerg-E capable of accelerating from 0- 100kph in just four seconds - and from zero to 208kph in a single, seamless 30 second burst. Crucially, it also operates as zero emission urban transport over a 48km 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) over a 480km range.