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Ceremoniously named after Formula 1‘s youngest two-time world champion, the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel project was a collaborative effort between Infiniti’s top designers and engineers and Red Bull Racing personnel and Vettel himself.
In their mission to create the best FX ever, the team at Red Bull Racing shipped an RB7 Formula 1 race car all the way to Japan to provide Infiniti with aero inspiration. The result is a significantly more aggressive FX that sits 0.8 inches lower than the standard issue and generous use of carbon fiber for its rear wing, splitter, rear diffusers, sills, Essence concept inspired grille, and mirror covers. This helped the FX shed more than 100 lbs.
Under the hood, the special FX receives 414-hp from its FX50S 5.0-liter V8 powerplant. This is enough to launch the Infiniti to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and reach the maximum top speed of 186 mph.
Unfortunately, this super-FX will be exclusively offered for Europe and the Middle East only and only 200 units will be produced. As Formula 1 is a less popular sport in North America, the Vettel name isn’t as exciting to U.S. consumers.
GALLERY: Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel special edition
If you’re an avid follower of Formula 1, you’d have already known that Sebastien Vettel has won the 2011 Drivers Championship. Even though his F1 car is powered by a Renault engine, it is branded an Infiniti for marketing purposes, as Infiniti only launched in Europe this year.
Starting with the FX Sebastien Vettel edition. First shown as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto Show, this special vehicle is now rumored to be approved for production. While the looks will pretty much stay intact, it is yet to be seen if the production model will also be limited to a top speed of 186 mph.
While Vettel might be a double world champion, F1 is not big in North America, so this hot FX might not even come to our shores. We hope that it does.
Gallery: Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel’s Version of Infiniti‘s FX is now official, packing 414-hp, improved aerodynamics, 21-inch wheels and carbon fiber components giving the FX over 101-lbs in weight savings. The special edition FX was designed to Sebastian Vettel’s vision and built by Infiniti in just six months and is based on the V8 FX50S Premium. And best of all, we’re glad Infiniti and Vettel changed more than just the FX’s good looks on their collaboration.
The aerodynamic changes on Sebastian Vettel’s FX were a result of Infiniti designers and engineers working closely with Vettel and Red Bull Racing personnel. In fact, Red Bull Racing’s RB7 was shipped over to Japan to give Infiniti real life inspiration. The FX sits about 0.8-inch lower than the standard FX, an Essence-inspired grille and sports a carbon fiber rear wing. This results in a 30-percent improvement in the coefficient of lift while the coefficient of drag is 5-percent lower. Carbon is also seen on the splitter, sills, front grille, mirror covers and rear diffusers.
The stylish 21-inch wheels are finished in a black and silver shade, giving the FX a stylish and sporty appearance. For performance, a new exhaust system along with reprogrammed ECU is all it took to free up another 30 or so hp from the factory FX50S. In the inside, more carbon fiber was used on the doors and center console while the steering wheel sports Alcantara and special seats with additional support are covered in black-quilted suede with purple stitching and “SV” logos. A metal plate on the center console features Vettel’s signature.
No word yet if production of this special edition FX will make its way to America.
GALLERY: Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version
Ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Infiniti has released a selection of photos of what will be called the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version. Wearing the name of the Formula One World Champion (and current points leader for the 2011 season), the man himself will be on hand to unveil the custom luxury crossover in Frankfurt.
Based on the V8-powered FX50S Premium model, the aerodynamic updates are obvious from the photos, including a new carbon fiber front lip and rear spoiler. Suspension and engine upgrades are also promised as a part of the package, allowing this FX to fulfill Vettel’s wish for a crossover that can drive at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Vettel is, after all, from Germany – the land of the autobahn.
Full details will be unveiled in Frankfurt, but in the mean time Infiniti has announced the car’s aerodynamic components are the result of the brand’s F1 partnership with Red Bull Racing.