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For the past four years, no team in Formula One has had as much success as Red Bull . With new regulations beginning in 2014 to even the playing field, we’re curious to see how dominant the reigning champs are going to be.

Fortunately, a lot of things still ring true for the team. It still has four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on its side. It also still has engineer extraordinaire Adrian Newey. And lastly, it still has quite the car at its disposal with the all-new Red Bull RB10 race car .

Those three things have become the team’s recipe for success in the past four years and if any team has any dreams of upending the current champs from top Mt. Formula One, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.

To adhere to the new regulations of the sport, the RB10 was designed with a new nose design, new side pods and multi-tiered front wings. As far as performance goes, power comes in the form of a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V-6. Also included is an Energy Recovery System that provides an electric boost to powertrain on its way to producing a peak output of 750 horsepower.

The design and overall makeup of the car is unique, as expected from somebody like Newey, and good reason suggests that the team engineers have concocted another winning formula that should equate to another title in the coming season .

At least those are the expectations for the team and knowing Vettel, Newey, and the rest of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it’s going to take a lot to beat them.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Formula One season

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We’ve first saw Infiniti ’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi , like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.

Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60 .

For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible.

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Infiniti decided to help its business clients with a new Q50 Executive version that adds the most advanced satellite navigation systems and a highly competitive finance package. The model is offered in SE Executive and Premium Executive versions, with either a manual or automatic transmission.

The model comes exclusively with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers a total of 168 horsepower. On top of respectable power, the 2.2-liter also delivers fuel economy of 64.2 mpg combined with a manual transmission and 58.9 mpg combined with the automatic.

Despite being developed for business people, the new Q50 Executive is also pretty fast, as it hits 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds.

The new Infiniti Q50 Executive is priced as follows: £29,870 ($48,500) for the SE Executive version with the manual gearbox and £31,420 ($51,000) for the one with the automatic gearbox, and £33,470 ($54,400) for the Premium Executive with the manual version and £35,020 ($56,800) for the version with the automatic gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.

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Today, Infiniti and Red Bull unveiled the fourth and final video of their web series that helps us understand how a Formula 1 car is built. After learning about the design, the composites and the manufacturing process, the fourth episode shows us how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of Milton Keynes HQ.

As usual, the video features a series of interviews from Christian Horner — team principal — about the hard work required to develop a F1 car. Him and his team help you understand the process required to get a F1 car from the drawing board to the racetrack and keep it competitive through an entire season. Of course, this process includes a few secrets, some of which, the video reveals.

If you fell behind on the series, the links to episodes 1, 2 and 3 are here:

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Infiniti added the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) to its lineup back in 2011 when it started offering more aggressive look and with more power under the hood. However, for those of you who expect to see an ultra-high-performance version of the Q60, we have to let you know that the IPL is nothing like the BMW M4 or the Audi RS line when thinking in terms of its performance increases over the base model. The IPL is more like the 4 Series with the M-Sport package or the Audi S5.

The IPL version adds redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Infiniti also designed the interior to deliver more luxury and a sportier feel. Under the hood, the Q60 IPL gains a few ponies over the base model.

For 2014, the Q60 IPL is offered with two transmission options — a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic — with prices starting from $51,200.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL.

Infiniti ’s M Line is in a tricky spot as the Japanese brand’s resident mid-size, performance luxury sedan.

On one hand, it has all the makings of a car that exudes style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology, hallmarks of what makes for a really impressive luxury car. But on the other hand, it’s very classification as a luxury car means that it’s in the cross hairs of some of pretty stiff competition, including the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class , two German luxury sedans that are pretty much synonymous in the market.

That’s the challenge Infiniti has with the M Line . Build it up as a unique luxury sedan with a multitude of features attached to it, all while trying to establish the car as something that can go head-to-head with the BMWs and Mercedes of the world.

It’s an unenviable task that Infiniti hopes the 2013 M Line can live up to.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti M Line

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Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.

The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.

Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.

If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.

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In the 2008 model year, Infiniti released the G37 coupe, as the replacement for the G35 that it initially unveiled in 2003. The model received a small facelift for the 2011 model year, but nothing else has changed since.

For the 2014, Infiniti renamed it according its new naming strategy. The "Q" refers to it being a coupe and the "60" indicates that is sits just above the Q50 sedan in Infiniti’s lineup. The model didn’t receive any major updates, with exception of some updates to the exterior and interior colors, and some new standard features.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, including the powerful V-6 engine found under the hood.

As expected, Infiniti offers the 2014 Q60 in three different configurations: Q60, Q60 AWD and Q60S Coupe 6MT, with prices starting at $40,400 for the base model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60.

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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced a new naming strategy where the letter Q would indicate sedans, coupes and convertibles models, and QX would indicate crossovers and SUVs.This new naming system takes over for the 2014 model year, ushering in the "new" QX60.

As of now, Infiniti offers four different crossovers and SUVs, including the QX50 (previously the EX35), QX60 (previously the JX35), QX70 (previously the FX35) and QX80 (previously the QX56). With the previous naming strategy, the numbers in the model’s name referred to the engine displacement, but now it indicates the model’s place in the lineup — the higher the number, the more expensive and luxurious the model; easy enough.

The QX60 carries over pretty much everything from the JX35 that Infiniti unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show , including the engine, exterior and interior look, and all the accessories. In fact, the new QX60 is little more than the 2013 JX35 with "QX" badges.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti QX60.

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Infiniti’s name change is starting to take hold with the QX50 and QX80 officially carry over from their previous nameplates aside from the new badges. The name change is hard to swallow. Let’s just get that in the open.

Not only are the new names confusing, but they ditch all the old short-hand for model and engine size. One upside I know from starting my career as an Infiniti dealer runner is to call the pronounce the name differently. QX4 became "Q by four" - and so QX50 could be called "Q by 50." Still not exactly peachy to say, but I digress.

The EX37 is now the QX50 for 2014, and comes in four flavors of trim and rear- or all-wheel-drive traction from about $35,000. Where does this model fit with the new Infiniti Q50 that is leading the brand?

Style-wise, the crossover QX50 was never really the centerfold of its first-gen FX cousins. Even so, it is an even closer replica of a G35 wagon that was never offered stateside. Near-perfect weight distribution, a 325-horsepower engine and a swanky seven-speed automatic are still the main benefits of this sporty crossover.

Quality and interior luxury is up there as well, but certainly not space, with no quoted figure for the seats-down luggage capacity, one has to fear the worst.

How does the 2014 QX50 stack up versus the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class , the Audi A4 Allroad or the cute BMW X1 ?

Updated 05/22/2014: Infiniti announced today prices for 2015 QX50 which continues to offer the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change is the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone offered as standard feature on the base models. Prices for the 2-15 QX50 will start from $35,000.

Click past the jump for all the details from Infiniti on the freshly-renamed QX50.


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