Infiniti has created a stunning model to celebrate Sebastian Vettel’s success – and their own partnership – with the Red Bull Racing team. The Infiniti FX Vettel Edition is a hand-made luxury SUV with the heart and soul of a sports car.
In March 2011, Infiniti discussed the prospect of making a new car with Vettel. The journey from conversation to crossover took just six months, as the Vettel Edition made its debut as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s now been produced in a very limited run – only 50 are available in Europe.
Compared to the base Infiniti FX, the Vettel Edition is designed with a lower centre of gravity – reducing both drag and lift. Carbon fibre has been used extensively to style both the body and the interior, and the grille and exhaust are both unique to the car. Vettel designed the front spoiler himself, in a winged shape reminiscent of high-performance Formula One vehicles. Throughout the interior, Alcantara with purple stitching has been used to stunning effect: it covers the steering wheel and gearstick as well as each ergonomic seat.
A roaring 5.0-litre V8 nestles under the model’s streamlined bonnet. It propels the car from 0-60 in a fraction over five seconds. Infiniti has deliberately removed the speed limiter from the standard FX, giving the limited edition the potential to reach 186mph.
Only 150 cars have been built to Vettel’s specifications, and just a tenth of those are available in the UK. Vettel himself took delivery of the first model, proudly signing the V8 engine.