Formula One Triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel continued his role as Infiniti's Director of Performance at the company's North American Technical Centre. Vettel arrived with his custom Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 race seat and steering wheel for use in ergonomics discussions with Infiniti road car development engineers.
This is similar to the Monaco Grand Prix, where he spent a day at Circuit Paul Ricard in France to evaluate the latest Infiniti road cars and their competitors, accompanied by experts from Infiniti’s European Dynamic Performance Team, after the race.
Vettel's visit to Farmington Hills builds on that experience by giving him an insight into how the company's North American Technical Centre develops Infiniti vehicles specifically for the American markets.
Sebastian Vettel said, "It would be great to meet as many of the Infiniti engineering teams as I can to learn more about what they are doing. Part of my role is helping to shape Infiniti road cars globally, and to do that I need to understand how the team here shapes important performance road car attributes like ergonomics, engine sound and noise isolation."
On his visit to Farmington Hills, Vettel explored several of the facility's advanced technology labs focusing on key areas of vehicle tuning and engineering.
These included the Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH) Engineering Lab, where Vettel discussed how engineers design and create the optimum engine sound profile for Infiniti's range of performance road cars, and the Audio Systems Lab where the emphasis is on the quality of sound performance from the exemplary Infiniti in-car entertainment systems.
"We were delighted to show Sebastian some of the development work our engineers are doing to meet the demanding targets we have for future Infiniti models in the Americas region. His perspective is very helpful as our goal is to ensure that every element of an Infiniti vehicle performs beyond the expectations of our customers," said Mark Snyder, Director of Engineering Strategy, Planning and Administration for Nissan Technical Centre North America.