When the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Edition made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Japanese automaker said that the model was just a one-off concept for Vettel himself. However, it was only a matter of time before Infiniti decided to put the high-performance into production following positive reaction at the show.
Nissan’s Executive Vice President Andy Palmer has confirmed that the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Edition will go into production. The announcement was made during a video interview for the company’s blog.
“First of all, doing the Sebastian Vettel Version was fun. It was fun for Sebastian, it was fun for Shiro Nakamura and actually it’s a really interesting car,” said Palmer. “But it’s also a kind of pilot for IPL, Infiniti Performance Line. It’s about being able to do our equivalent of AMG or M-series and we wanted to test the organization and can the organization cope we’ve these type of special versions.”
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Palmer says that the relationship between Vettel and Infiniti will go on to shape the company’s IPL division. The IPL division will compete with BMW’s M lineup and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.
“This is one of the first versions that will go to market. Not as an IPL—it’ll obviously go as the Sebastian Vettel special version, but it demonstrates we’re able to do these low volume, very special versions and be able to charge a premium for that kind of work. Again, hopefully, with Sebastian now the world champion, the demand for his special version is going to be that much higher.”
– By: Omar Rana