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Vettel to the Metal – Infiniti FX50


Historically, it has always been a bad idea for celebrities to become involved in things outside of their field of activity. Perfumes that smell about as alluring as a sultan’s week old pyjamas or anything done by the Kardashians spring to mind. Or so we all thought. Recently Victoria Beckham has turned her hand – and, no doubt, other parts of her anatomy – to fixing up the interior of the Range Rover Evoque and she has done it with considerable aplomb. Now it is the turn of World Formula 1 Champion, Sebastian Vettel, who has been taking a spanner to the Infiniti FX50.

Now, just in case you have been on another planet, it’s worth mentioning that Infiniti is the name of the posh end of the Nissan factory. The FX is a powerful and fearsome looking, very expensive 4×4 crossover. Although Infiniti aren’t involved directly in F1 they are a sponsor to the Red Bull team and thus have access to the flying German and their engineering expertise.

This model is based on the current standard FX, already something of a performance cruiser with a V8 engine and nearly 400bhp on tap. The Vettel version increases that to 414bhp, has stiffer springs and uprated suspension as you’d imagine, but surprisingly, 30% less down force which should help to make the drive more a bit more lively! The car now sports an aggressive front carbon fibre spoiler that is modelled on the front wing of a Formula 1 racer. The standard vehicle is further augmented with a rear wing which looks to be more than just a cosmetic enhancement.

Infiniti have also managed to incorporate more carbon fibre – the real thing, not some chintzy appliqué – coupled with a racy interior with the usual Alcantara touches and black suede upholstery. To ensure the world knows your FX50 has had the Vettel treatment it will have appropriate badging complete with Seb’s signature on the centre consul.

First announced last September in concept form, Infiniti has confirmed at the recent Geneva Motor Show that the special FX50 will go into production and orders are already being taken for delivery next year. If you fancy owning one, well, don’t hold your breath. It will only be produced in a limited edition of 200 and all of them are destined for sale in Europe and the Middle East. Hmm. Didn’t want one anyway.

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