To Infiniti and… Eau Rouge?
Can a Formula One driver really add sparkle to the road cars associated with their teams? There won’t be a Honda NSX owner on the planet who doesn’t get a buzz from the fact that Ayrton Senna had a hand in its development. At the other end of the scale, some Fiat Seicento owners have the benefit of a sticker that reads Michael Schumacher on the boot lid of their shopping cars. Lucky them!
Sebastian Vettel is the latest racing driver to follow team orders (uncharacteristically!) to become a development engineer. The official photos from the Vettel test session are of a car in camouflage, although it the pumped-up saloon had already appeared at the Detroit auto show in February.
Further details on the hot Q50 are limited. We know that it produces 560bhp, which sets it against the 552bhp BMW M5, but that’s about it. Millbrook Proving Ground was the venue for Vettel’s drive of the Eau Rouge, and his feedback will be engineered into the car for the next stage of its development.
We can neither confirm nor deny rumours has it that one of his suggestions was for the in-car phone to automatically reject Multi-21 requests. The Eau Rouge is a car for getting to the front of the traffic light grand prix, no matter where your rival is an M5 or another Q50 Eau Rouge…