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Sebastian Vettel inspired Infiniti FX50 Concept car. Why is it an SUV?

By Rigval on 01 Sep 2011

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Now we all know that Sebastian Vettel is currently winning lots of races with Red Bull in F1and this has somehow caused a Red Bull-Infiniti cars tie up. While having an actual car manufacturer (Nissan via Infiniti) as a marketing partner is all fine I find it amusing that the first car to use the reigning World Champion's name is an SUV. The Sebastian Vettel inspired Infiniti is the Sebastian Vettel Infiniti FX50 Concept that will be previewed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show shortly.

The Sebastian Vettel Infiniti FX50 Concept is an SUV. It was based on the FX Limited Edition of 2010 and has a different grille, a different carbon fiber spoiler (supposedly based on the F1 car), a rear wing instead of roof rails and other carbon fiber bits here and there. Chances are that this concept car will be produced as a marketing tool for Infiniti and to some extent Red Bull/Vettel.

Of course Sebastian Vettel is actually Infiniti's global ambassador and drives a normal FX50 on the road because of this. But an SUV as a first car? Can't he get the Infiniti luxury coupe instead as the first car with his name on it? The SUV compared to his Formula 1 car is as different as night and day or heaven and hell. It may look aggressive, but the bottomline is that the SUV is tall and huge. He should get a coupe instead.

Remember Michael Schumacher? When he was with Ferrari his name was plastered on small, nippy Fiats that could actually handle and drive well like the Fiat Seicento Schumacher or the Stilo Schumacher. Even Fernando Alonso gets to promote the Maserati Gran Turismo. I suppose you can't choose too much from the hand that pays you.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Mecontle Sep 01 2011 01:24 PM
suv r for low esteem drivers, a real man drives a coupe
Rigval Sep 04 2011 12:23 PM
sometimes I do think like you do too. BUT then I start looking at the Range Rover Sport with the supercharged V8, the Gemballa Avalance versions of the Porsche Cayenne, the modded Mitsubishi Airtrek my friend drives, the Subaru Forester STI and I decide otherwise.

But I still wouldn't name one after a F1 driver..or if I was an F1 driver I wouldn't want my name on one.

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