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Vettel Infiniti FX concept car to go into production

Car manufacturer Infiniti has confirmed that it is putting its FX "Sebastian Vettel version" concept car into production after success at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.
Car maker Infinti has announced that it is putting the FX "Sebastian Vettel version" concept car into production.

The 5.0-litre V8 was tuned to provide 420PS and given design and engineering tweaks and a high-downforce aerodynamics package in a collaboration between Infiniti and Red Bull Racing, giving it a top-line speed of 300km/h.

The company unveiled the concept car at Frankfurt billed as "the most focused and exclusive sports crossover ever built."

The concept car was sparked off by a conversation between Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and was the star of Infiniti's stand at the September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

"Doing the FX Sebastian Vettel version for Frankfurt was fun," said Infiniti Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. "But it's also a kind of pilot. It's about our equivalent of [Mercedes-Benz] AMG or [BMW] M Cars.

"We wanted to test the organisation and see if it could cope with this type of special version," Palmer continued. "Sebastian's FX demonstrates we are able to do low volume specials and the FX Sebastian Vettel version is one of the first that will go to market.”

Details of the production version - including availability, volumes and prices - are still to be announced.

Vettel is an Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador and already drove an Infiniti FX as his regular street car.


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richard

October 25, 2011 4:46 PM

this is only the first stage in a range of seb performance cars. the next is a sports car. the current car might not be anything to write home about, but the performance is so good that the engineers could not get seb out of the car, in testing. that must mean something! (other than the door being stuck, that is)

Calvin _

October 24, 2011 1:19 PM

I think the Infiniti deal with with the team rather than the driver. They must have some say before their name is attached to a car. The mere fact that he is standing in front of it makes him an ambassador!



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