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Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge meets it's 'maker'

2014-08-22 14:00

SUPER SALOON: Sebastian Vettel puts the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept on the Spa circuit in Belgium. Image: Infiniti.

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The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype will have its first public appearance at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Check out our Gallery!

HONG KONG – The Infiniti high-performance prototype super-saloon, the Q50 Eau Rouge, has finally come face  to face with the very place its name was inspired, Eau Rouge - the epic high-speed corner of the famed Spa-Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium.

Red Bull’s four-times F1 Driver’s World champion Sebastian Vettel is Infiniti’s director of performance. So who better to put the car through its paces against US professional race driver Parker Kligerman and China’s Nine-Ball World champion snooker player Pan Xiaoting.

VIDEO: Sebastian Vettel in Infiniti Q50 'Chasing the Edge'

A short video of the battle, called ‘Chasing The Edge’, was released on Thursday (August 21 to boot with Spa’s notoriously fickle weather.

The automaker says Vettel has been involved in the ongoing development  of the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype which was first revealed as a design concept vehicle at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

BESPOKE ENGINE

The base engine inside the Q50 Eau Rouge is an aluminum and magnesium twin-turbo, 24-valve, 3.8-litre V6 unit. For the Eau Rouge, with bespoke Infiniti engine mapping, air intake and exhaust, and F1-inspired aerodynamic body work, peak engine power is up to 417kW/ 600Nm.

Vettel said: “There is no shortage of power from the Q50 Eau Rouge.It was a privilege to be given the task of driving the Q50 Eau Rouge on one of the most demanding corners in the world.”

Originally a design concept of what a high-performance variant of the Infiniti Q50 premium sports saloon could look like, the Q50 Eau Rouge lives on as a dynamic development vehicle and is still being considered for production.

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