Infiniti EMERG-E at 2012 Goodwood FoS


As the luxury bran of Nissan, Infiniti is lining up its finest for this year’s Goodwood FoS. Not just the cars, but also the drivers to tackle the hill. Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to lead driver line-up.

As for the cars, the highlight of the show is the first running prototype of the range-extender sports car known as EMERG-E. When first shown at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the UK-designed and built concept won huge acclaim for its stunning looks and engineering ingenuity. The other special car is the Infiniti FX ‘Vettel Edition’ and of course there could only be one man to drive it: confirmed for Sunday is F1 double World Champion, Sebastian Vettel himself.

Also as a sign of being in tune with the time, Infiniti is also bringing the M35h, one of the best performing hybrid cars in the market today. It will show its potentials to the visitors by going up the hill at the same pace as the regular sports cars.

nfiniti EMERG E Infiniti EMERG E at 2012 Goodwood FoS

Infiniti press release:

Jerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, commented: “The Festival of Speed crowds will be seeing EMERG-E in action for the first time ever, even before many of Infiniti’s top executives have seen it! Goodwood’s spectators will see not just an exquisite design but a superb example of Infiniti combining our own technologies with those of our partners to create an environmentally-friendly car, brimming with true Infiniti driver appeal.”

With just 50 units confirmed for Europe this limited production FX is one of the world’s most exclusive SUV’s. Lighter and more aerodynamic, with 30% greater downforce, the 420PS FX ‘Vettel Edition’ is virtually unchanged from the Frankfurt Motor Show concept and ranks as Infiniti’s most powerful car as well as its most expensive (starting from £100,800). This will be the first chance to see the vehicle in action ahead of deliveries which begin in the first quarter of 2013.

The third Infiniti going up the hill will be the M35h hybrid. The world’s fastest-accelerating petrol/electric hybrid saloon, delivering 41mpg and producing only 159g/km CO2, will power past the festival crowd each day. Between runs the Infiniti M will take pride of place in the FoS-Tech arena.  

Uniquely located between the Supercar Paddock and Goodwood House, in the welcoming luxury of Infiniti’s ‘Inspired Performance’ lounge will be another world champion that partners the brand: the Infiniti-sponsored Red Bull Racing RB7 race car that took both Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel to Formula One Championship titles in 2011.

“Like the Festival of Speed, Infiniti is driven by performance which is why it is a pleasure for us to take a leading role in this year’s event,” said Bernard Loire, Vice President Infiniti Europe, Africa and Middle East. “The display both on the track and in the Infiniti lounge embodies the company’s unique approach in such an exciting way.”

The Earl of March added: “I am delighted to welcome Infiniti to the Goodwood family, with its distinctive and highly-original way of showcasing its products and brand philosophy.  I am proud that Infiniti has chosen the Festival of Speed to dynamically debut exciting products such as the FX Vettel edition and EMERG-E concept globally.”

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