Infiniti FX50 S Sebastian Vettel Edition will cost more than €120,000 in Europe

Article by Christian A., on May 11, 2012

Production will start in October for Sebastian Vettel’s special edition Infiniti FX50 S. Its price tag says that it costs more than £100,000, according to an Autocar report. Deliveries of the Vettel FX50 S will begin early next year. The company plans for this car to be priced slightly higher than 120,000 euros in mainland Europe, which is equivalent to a UK price of just higher than £100,000.

Only 50 units will arrive in Europe. The company will decide on the UK application as soon as the expressions of interest are received. To date, the company has received eight orders from European customers that have already confirmed. It’s nine if Vettel is included. He will get the first unit that rolls off the production line.

It will be mostly unchanged from the concept unveiled last year at the Frankfurt motor show. The only apparent change is that instead of being painted matt white, it will use pearlescent white paint. It will be powered by the same 414bhp 5.0-litre V8 that could bring the car to a top speed of 186mph.

Vettel had helped in its development. It’s believed that he specified its sporty chassis settings. The carbonfibre bodykit was designed by his Red Bull Racing Formula One team, which made sure downforce is produced and that drag will be lower by 5%.

The fusion of dynamic form and exterior design of the FX50 with essentials of the Red Bull Racing RB8 by Sebastian Vettel puts it at the top of its class. The standard body sections are swapped for F1-grade carbon-fibre to produce a fresh appeal, something that is made distinct at the front by a totally new under-bumper sector.

Motivated by the plan of the RB8's front wing profile, the multi-layer spoiler spares weight, diminishes drag and smoothes out the wind stream under the auto, assuming a key part in adjusting downforce. The brainchild of Shiro Nakamura, the spoiler segment introduces maybe the strongest sample yet of how F1 components can improve a common road car.

Inside the Infiniti's signature curved grille are carbon blades and carbon shells that are fitted over the mirrors, and they have an efficient aerodynamic profile similar to that of a cycle racing helmet. Side skirts of carbon are installed, which really looks good with that car’s lower ride height of 20mm. The wheelarch moldings, instead of black, are body color. This is exclusively for the European market, and the Vettel Edition does not have roof rails, unlike other FX cars.

Right off the bat, the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition features a lower and even more stable build, posing a fresh signature that is visibly defined by a series of LED daytime running lights flawlessly merged in the new spoiler section. Brand new LED foglights are installed and are recognized as some of the most powerful, and smallest ever homologated. At the back, the roof wing (which is optional) is built of carbon fiber and attached on milled alloy supports, and the profile of the wing is shaped to achieve the maximum efficiency for aerodynamics.

Just like the rear diffuser that outlines the look of the car from the back with double exhaust pipes flanking a particular feature of the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition, the foglight at the rear is in the shape of an F1’s center rain light. It is clear-lensed and composed of 15 red LEDs, similar to that of the light of the F1 car.

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