Sebastian Vettel in the IPL G Coupe at ICAR – Click above to watch the video after the jump

With the United States Grand Prix set to join the calendar next year in Austin, Texas, the only current stop the Formula One circus makes in North America this season is in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. And while he was in our neck of the woods, the guys over at FastLaneDaily got a chance to meet up with Red Bull's defending champion, Sebastian Vettel.

The champ took the FLD crew for a few laps in a Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G37 Coupe around the ICAR circuit at Mirabel airport, where we were schooled a couple of years back at the Jacques Villeneuve Academy. Surely an experience in and of itself, because young Seb is widely regarded as – and sufficiently proven to be – the best driver on the grid right now. But while they were at it, the video gurus of everything automotive got a juicy tidbit of information.

Through their two-pronged partnership with Vettel and his team, Infiniti is planning a special Sebastian Vettel edition road car. This is apparently separate from the new vehicle which RBR is reportedly developing with Infiniti, and will likely come about a little earlier, though it's not clear what markets it will be offered in. As to what the model will entail – beyond some ad-ons and special badging – remains to be seen, but we'll be keeping an eye out. In the meantime, follow the jump for the run-through with FLD's Shakedown.


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      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this car get traction control standard? Or does it spin on the last lap?
        JayP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JayP
        I think he's terrific. Just was one less corner better than JB in the rain.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it makes at least 400hp, this could be a hit, since I see many G35 drivers with 'go-fast' parts here in Northern Virginia. Infiniti is a premium brand, and they need a true performance division, making true performance cars, not mildly tweaked versions of their product.
      BimmerFerret
      • 3 Years Ago
      More high performance cars = a better car world out there. Glad this sponsorship is more than just stickers.
      srmcg
      • 3 Years Ago
      He sits very far forward. Drives like a woman! Or a proper racing driving position.
      hp
      • 3 Years Ago
      haters gonna hate
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      This must be very exciting news for the six people that know who he is.
      BenT
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's next, the Lewis Hamilton Smart? Unless Nissan rolls out an Infiniti version of the GT-R, this is going to be a tragically uninspired product.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BenT
        There's probably going to be a McLaren F1 racing special edition MP4-12C.
      alainRW
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope he's right when he says the vettel package would have a technical component to it rather than just a sticker and tape package. still, feels like infiniti is just using his name to sell cars, but hey thats nothing new...
      Old Timer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that there is enough headroom for him to wear a helmet in a G37 coupe leads me to believe that Mr. Vettel is fairly short as well as being slight like most F1 drivers. Those thing are in serious need of some noggin space.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      3...2...1... I spect more baby crying haters coments XD I hope this V Skyline get tunned by Autech instead Nismo
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        It's not a Skyline, it's a G Coupe. The V36 Skyline has different mechanics under the hood than the G Coupe.
          roots4x
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The G coupe is a rebadged V35/V36 Skyline coupe. Not sure where you get your info. I mean, I'm sure in Japan there might be another engine option (maybe a smaller one) but with the intro of the G25, I'm not even sure that's the case.
      LB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey I bought one before the earthquake so I consider myself one of the lucky ones. For 50k you cannot touch it with any German, or for that matter Asian or American, sports coupe. Nicely appointed and enough power to perform when asked. GT-R's are nice, but at twice the price? After the quake we will be lucky to see 400 in the US.
      Craig Conlee
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only downfall of driving for Nissan/Renaut to rebranded Infinity. One question, does he have drive around town in one? He has the same burden that Tiger did back when Tiger was sponsored by Buick. Making all this cash, but, can't enjoy it when not driving on the track. Wait, is anything really that great after driving an F1 machine??? LOL!
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