New Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Edition

The Infiniti FX concept that was designed and built for double Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel is to enter production.

The Infiniti FX concept that was designed and built for double Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel is to enter production, the Japanese motoring manufacturer has confirmed. This mighty machine was first seen at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is distinguished from its siblings via numerous appealing upgrades. These include tuning to its monstrous 5.0-litre V8 engine that now produces an attention grabbing 420PS. This complements the high down-force aerodynamic package that was developed in co- operation with Red Bull Racing. Oh really? What do they know about producing fast cars?

Infiniti Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said: “Doing the FX Sebastian Vettel version for Frankfurt was fun, 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. 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.”

Infiniti produce a range of capable machines that rival prestigious marques such as Mercedes-Benz. The FX, as such, is a large Range Rover rival.

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A Higher Vettel-Max

Apparently, one of Sebastian Vettel’s key requirements for his Infiniti FX was a higher top speed. Pedestrian FX50s are electronically limited to 155 mph, but the Vettel Version can scamper all the way up to 186 mph. The drastic speed improvement isn’t due solely to the removal of the speed limiter, however. Not only did Infiniti increase the 5.0-liter V-8’s output from 390 hp to 420 by reprogramming the ECU and bolting in a free-flowing exhaust, it also fitted a longer final-drive ratio. The new final drive dulls the FX’s off-the-line spirit a bit, lengthening its 0-to-62-mph time to a claimed 5.6 seconds.

The inside of the Vettel Version FX has been made a bit racier with liberal application of Alcantara and carbon fiber accents. The steering wheel and shift paddles are wrapped in Alcantara, and the unique seats are upholstered in quilted black suede with purple stitching and SV logos. The same black suede also graces the roof pillars, sun visors, and headliner. The doors and center console get carbon-fiber touches, and anything that is silver in a normal FX is black chrome in the Vettel.

The concept appears to be production-ready, and is likely to make it to the streets. If it does, it will probably be in limited numbers and likely only in markets that actually care about Formula 1.