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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Report: Infiniti begins R&D on production Etherea, F1′s Sebastian Vettel contributing his input on performance


Most of us are already familiar with Formula One’s Sebastian Vettel teaming up with Infiniti for marketing purposes. But moreover, Infiniti announced that Vettel will be helping the luxury sports car maker with research and development.

As a follow-up to this, AutoCarUK reports that Infiniti has began testing with the production version of their Etherea Concept, with Vettel sharing his input on some of the performance aspects of the car.

“As new Infiniti cars are created, it is really important for us to develop them with their own consistent driving style, so it has been really useful to be able to drive so many cars hard and back-to-back on the same track,” Vettle said in an interview. “Similar to Formula One cars, it’s interesting to feel how different cars are configured for steering response and braking, as well as driver-assistance features like ESP and Traction Control. Getting these things right is what makes a good car great.”

The production version of the Etherea will be based on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and will be manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom.

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