Infiniti supercar set for 2018 reveal

Infiniti has revealed its plan to launch a halo supercar for the 2017/2018 model year.
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Although Infiniti has committed to releasing the supercar before the end of the decade, it is still uncertain as to whether the car will use a front- or mid-engined layout.

“We are still evaluating the layout," Infiniti Europe’s boss Fintan Knight told Autocar.

"It is still on the table for a decision. The same goes for the powertrain.”

First Look: Infiniti Emerg-e concept

Regardless of the car’s layout, its development is likely to receive input from Infiniti's Formula One partner Red Bull Racing, making the use of an F1-style V6 hybrid powerplant possible – further reinforcing the Japanese brand's connection to the motorsport.

Despite Infiniti’s current range expansion focussing on more traditional body styles – it recently launched the Q50 midsize sedan and is rumoured to be planning a Nissan Juke-based crossover to be revealed at Frankfurt next month – a supercar is not a new idea for the marque.

In 2009, as part of the carmaker’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Infiniti debuted the Essence concept (pictured top), a 442kW front-engined hybrid, and last year it unveiled the 300kW mid-engined Emerg-e electric sports car (pictured above).