Vettel tests Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge at Millbrook

Infiniti Q50 Eau Route VettelInfiniti director of performance (and multiple F1 World Champion) Sebastian Vettel has conducted secret evaluation tests of the much-anticipated Q50 Eau Rouge prototype, the firm has revealed.

Vettel drove the 560hp Nissan GT-R-engined car at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, to assess “performance, handling and driving precision”.

(Millbrook is an annual SMMT Test Day-themed haunt for many a motoring journalist; Motoring Research, you may remember, also spent a night there late last year – and subsequently joined Vettel in the FIA record books…)

Seb’s feedback, says Infiniti, “will be engineered into the next stages of the prototype’s extensive development programme – testing components, packaging and viability”.

That last word is revealing: it seems that Infiniti is serious about creating a Q50 Eau Rouge but still hasn’t decided if the project is viable yet. That’s despite it confirming it is undergoing a “full schedule of prototype testing and evaluation”.

Here’s hoping Vettel’s words can help swing the balance.

We don’t have too long to wait until we hear more, though: Infiniti has said it will reveal further information on press day of the 2014 Beijing Motor Show in April 20th. For now, check out the teaser video…

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