Sebastian Vettel drives Infiniti FX Vettel Edition at Goodwood

Sebastian Vettel has taken the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition SUV for a drive up the hill climb event at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The special edition was initially unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

This is the first time Vettel has had the chance to drive the sports SUV, inspired by himself. From the original clay model design to the development of its components, Vettel was on hand to help out with its conception. Sebastian Vettel recently said,

“This is the first road car I have helped develop. The Infiniti handles really well and the power is good. It’s big enough to fit my mountain bike in, but the performance is really good and driving it up the Goodwood hill was great fun.

“It is fantastic for me to have contributed to the design of this car and I’m very excited to take delivery of my own!”

The Infiniti FX Vettel Edition features a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 309kW of power, while various carbon fibre body revisions assist with aero and handling performance, turning the SUV into a proper sports car.

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Just 150 examples will go on sale internationally. Sadly, none of them are set for release in the Australian market when Infiniti launches locally in September.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.