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Mark Webber driving the Infiniti EMERG-E (copyright image)

Sebastian Vettel driving the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition

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2nd July, 2012

Formula One driver Mark Webber drove the Infiniti EMERG-E range-extender hybrid sports car for the first time over the weekend on the famed hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

The EMERG-E Concept was launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and this weekendís Festival of Speed marked the global debut of the working prototype.

Twin electric motors generate 300 kW (402bhp) and Webber wowed the Goodwood crowds with a vehicle capable of 0-60 mph sprints in just four seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Under full electric power, Infiniti EMERG-E operates as a zero emission vehicle for a 30-mile range and when the Lotus-engineered 1.2l three cylinder range-extender petrol engine kicks in to recharge the batteries, it produces a CO2 output of only 55 g/km (NEDC cycle) over a 300 mile range.

Commenting after his drive, Mark Webber said: "Iím used to Formula One cars that make a lot of noise, so to drive a silent car was very new to me! Infiniti have made something really nice here. The EMERG-E looks beautiful and is very quick Ė faster than you expect with it being so quiet. It was great fun being able to drive it up the hill. Cars like this have to be the future Ė fast, fun and clean.Ē

Formula One World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel drove the car he helped shape, the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition, for the first time on Saturday on the famed hill climb at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador had a hand in the carís design and development from the earliest stages of a clay model right through to the concept that was debuted earlier this year.

Lighter and more aerodynamic, with 30 per cent greater downforce, the 420PS FX Vettel Edition remains true to the Frankfurt Motor Show concept and is Infinitiís most powerful car.

Itís now in showrooms in a strictly limited edition of 150 cars for Western Europe, Russia and the Middle East, with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2013.

Commenting after his drive, Sebastian Vettel said: "This is the first road car I have helped develop. The Infiniti handles really well and the power is good. Itís 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 Iím very excited to take delivery of my own!Ē

Infiniti cars arrive in Australia from late August 2012.


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