Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version gets green light
Presented at Frankfurt last month, the hottest version of the Infiniti's mid-size crossover has been confirmed for limited production by Nissan's Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer. Palmer made the announcement regarding the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version during a video interview that appeared on the company's blog. While admitting that the project was fun for everyone involved -- especially Vettel and Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's senior vice president chief creative officer design, Brand Management - Palmer also stressed that the 414-horsepower high-performance Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version would serve as a pilot vehicle for the upscale division's IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) efforts.
"It's about being able to do our equivalent of AMG or M-series. We wanted to test the organization and see if it can cope with these types of special versions. This is one of the first that will go to market. Not as an IPL - it'll obviously go as the Sebastian Vettel Special Edition -- but it will demonstrate we're able to do these low volume, very special versions and be able to charge a premium for that kind of work."
Palmer also hopes that Vettel's most recent accomplishment will further leverage interest in the ultimate FX incarnation. Last weekend, the youngest-ever Formula One World Driving Champion and Infiniti's Global Brand Ambassador notched his second consecutive crown at the Japanese Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Red Bull Renault RB7 that carries an associate sponsorship from Infiniti. Alas, still no word as to when or even whether the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version will be making an appearance in showrooms here in America.