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Infiniti Eau Rouge concept gets real

F1 World Champion Sebastion Vettel tested an Eau Rouge prototype in England

Published: April 8, 2014, 1:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:41 PM

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Infiniti's "Formula 1 inspired" Q50 Eau Rouge concept car, introduced at the Detroit auto show in January, was said to represent Infiniti's design vision of a high performance Q50 that blends road car technology and a thoroughbred motorsport vision.

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Maybe so, for the company has turned the concept into a running prototype that has been tested by four-time F1 World Champion, Sebastial Vettel.

Vettel, who drives for the Infiniti-sponsored Infiniti Red Bull team, tested the car at the Millbrook Proving Ground in England. Footage of the testing will be shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next week.

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The company says Vettel's feedback will be engineered into the next stages of the prototype's extensive development program – testing components, packaging and viability.

It adds that a full schedule of prototype testing and evaluation continues, suggesting that it is on track for a production application.