Formula One Double World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s Japanese Grand Prix weekend started early this week, as he took to the track to drive his Infiniti FX Vettel Edition production car for the very first time.
Fresh from his inspired victory in Singapore, The Red Bull Racing star and Infiniti Brand Ambassador spent the day at Infinitis global manufacturing plant in Tochigi to approve the firstproduction models of the car he co-designed rolling off the production line. After a tour of the manufacturing process and a chance to meet the engineers and factory staff behind the cars development, it was then over to the Tochigi test track to put the special edition through its paces. He also test drove of a number of future Infiniti products currently being developed, giving valuable performance feedback to engineers and fellow test drivers.
A unique collaboration between Vettel and Infinitis SVP and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition features a 5.0 litre V8 420PS engine and F1-inspired technology including advanced aerodynamic devices and carbon fibre components. It is available from €120,000 (depending on country). Vettel drove the prototype concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year.
Commenting on the event, Sebastian Vettel said, “It was great to get a look behind the scenes at Infiniti, meet some of the people involved and of course drive the car. In F1, the first few laps testing a new car are when you find out if its quick or not. Itwas the same today and I’m pleased to say the Infiniti team have donean outstanding job. It really delivers on the vision I had, it’s very fast, and a car that driving enthusiasts are going to enjoy. It was also good to be involved in the testing of some future products and to work with the Infiniti engineers to develop the performance further.”
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