Infiniti has confirmed that the FX concept designed and built for double Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel will enter production.
The Infiniti FX concept was showcased at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The FX Sebastian Vettel version featured design, engineering and aerodynamics upgrades inspired by the Red Bull Racing champion and Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador.
"Doing the FX Sebastian Vettel version for Frankfurt was fun, but it's also a kind of pilot," said Mr. Andy Palmer, Infiniti Executive Vice President. "It's about our equivalent of (Mercedes-Benz) AMG or (BMW) M Cars."
The Frankfurt concept car was born out of a conversation between Sebastian Vettel, already an Infiniti FX driver, and Infiniti Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The 5.0-liter V8 was tuned to provide 420 horsepower with a high downforce aerodynamics package developed by Infiniti in collaboration with Red Bull Racing. The crossover can reach 300km/h.
Details of the production version including availability, volumes and prices are yet to be confirmed.
Past Formula 1 World Champions that have had their personal stamp added to a car include 7-time champ Michael Schumacher, who has lent his name to a special edition of the Ferrari 456 as well as a Fiat Stilo.