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INFINITI has been a Technical Partner of the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team since the beginning of the 2016 season, when the brand's successful involvement in Formula One™ entered a new phase.


As part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and after five years of top sponsorship with Red Bull Racing, the establishment of the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team provided INFINITI with the opportunity to evolve its involvement in Formula One™ and become an active participant in the sport.


Leveraging its expertise in hybrids, INFINITI will contribute engineering resources to the Renault Sport Power Unit Energy Recovery System (ERS) which incorporates two motor generator units and a battery. This new and enhanced involvement strengthens the link between the marques within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and at the same time leverages the opportunities the Alliance provides by creating powerful industrial and performance synergies.


INFINITI’s reputation for performance hybrid vehicles is built on the acclaimed 3.5-liter hybrid engine. The Q70 sedan, equipped with this engine, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest accelerating full-hybrid car. The same hybrid system is also offered on the Q50 sports sedan.


INFINITI’s expertise will be used by the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team in Viry-Châtillon as a team of INFINITI hybrid specialists move from INFINITI’s technical center in Atsugi, Japan, to France to co-develop the Power Unit’s Energy Recovery System. The collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team will benefit INFINITI to drive further performance from its hybrid powertrains for road cars.

INFINITI Hybrid Expertise

Much like the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team R.E.16, INFINITI Performance Hybrid technology harnesses power that is normally lost, by converting kinetic energy into electricity, storing it in a lithium-ion battery system and using it during acceleration, transferring instant electric torque to the rear wheels.

INFINITI High Performance Hybrid Technology

This high-tech animation explains the high performance similarities between INFINITI’s Direct Response Hybrid for road cars and the Renault - INFINTI Energy Recovery System (ERS) seen in the Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 race car. Harnessing electrical energy to improve vehicle performance both on and off the track.