Infiniti’s first running prototype of the range-extended sports car known as EMERG-E will be making its world dynamic debut on the hill climb of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
First shown at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the concept won huge acclaim for its stunning looks and engineering ingenuity. One of the drivers who will be guiding this prototype up the hill will be F1 pilot Mark Webber, lined up for the Saturday run.
The EMERG-E is a mid-ship, electric motors powered sports car concept. It projects Infiniti’s already-advanced electric vehicle technology deep into the future with a range-extender powertrain that the company says delivers the performance expected of a sports car bearing the Infiniti badge.
Combining thrilling performance with the scope to drive in urban conditions for up to 30 miles with zero emissions, it emits no more than 55g/km of CO2 (NEDC cycle) over a 300 mile combined range. Infiniti says its EMERG-E explores one of a number of the alternative propulsion avenues that it is considering.
Jerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, commented: “The Festival of Speed crowds will be seeing EMERG-E in action for the first time ever, even before many of Infiniti’s top executives have seen it! Goodwood’s spectators will see not just an exquisite design but a superb example of Infiniti combining our own technologies with those of our partners to create an environmentally-friendly car, brimming with true Infiniti driver appeal.”
Also powering up the Earl of March’s driveway will be the Infiniti FX ‘Vettel Edition’ and of course F1 double World Champion, Sebastian Vettel himself, will be driving it.
With just 50 units confirmed for Europe this limited production FX is one of the world’s most exclusive SUV’s. Lighter and more aerodynamic, with 30-percent greater downforce, the 420PS (414 hp) FX “Vettel Edition” is virtually unchanged from the Frankfurt Motor Show concept and ranks as Infiniti’s most powerful car as well as its most expensive (starting from £100,800 / $156,300). This will be the first chance to see the vehicle in action ahead of deliveries which begin in the first quarter of 2013.
The third Infiniti going up the hill will be the M35h hybrid. The world’s fastest-accelerating petrol/electric hybrid sedan, delivering 41mpg on the European drive cycle, will power past the festival crowd each day.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs between June 28 and July 1.