It’s the face-to-face battle we’ve all been waiting for. This one, though, is a little bit different. A lot different, actually. We’ve seen supercars line up side by side before. That’s old news. What we haven’t seen is a sports saloon take on a race track with a particular corner that the car gets its name from. Ladies and gentlemen, in the red corner we have the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. In the blue corner, we have the Spa-Francorchamps featuring the legendary Eau Rouge turn.

At some point, we all knew this would happen. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge won’t be able to earn its name without taking on the famous section of the race track. Fortunately, Infiniti, with some help from Red Bull, made it happen, turning the event into a short feature film called “Chasing The Edge”.

Infiniti’s Director of Performance and four-time Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel took the enviable task of running the Q50 Eau Rouge around the track as part of a social media-driven race against U.S. driver Parker Kligerman and Nine-Ball World Champion snooker player Pan Xiaoting of China.

Watch the video and find out what happened when the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge finally met its namesake.

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Press Release

EAU ROUGE MEETS EAU ROUGE

Hong Kong – The Infiniti high-performance prototype super-saloon – the Q50 Eau Rouge – has finally come face to face with Eau Rouge, the signature high-speed corner of the famed Spa-Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium, from which the car takes its name.

Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti’s Director of Performance and four-time Formula One World Drivers’ Champion for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, had the honour of putting the car through its paces as part of a social media powered race against US professional race driver Parker Kligerman and Nine-Ball World Champion snooker player Pan Xiaoting of China.

A short feature film of the battle, entitled Chasing The Edge, was released yesterday and can be viewed here.

Spa’s notoriously fickle weather was true to form with heavy rain dousing the track throughout Vettel’s test run in the Q50 Eau Rouge.

Vettel has been involved in the ongoing development of the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype which was first revealed as a design concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January this year. The prototype was subsequently shown at the Beijing Auto Show in April.

“Even though it was difficult to get a proper feel for the car’s performance due to the wet track, the engineering team have made definite improvements to the car in the areas of steering and suspension since I first drove it earlier in the year,” said Vettel.

“There is no shortage of power from the Q50 Eau Rouge.

"All in all it was an interesting day and we had fun. It was a privilege to be given the task of driving the Q50 Eau Rouge on one of the most demanding corners in the world.”

The base engine inside the Q50 Eau Rouge is an aluminum and magnesium twin-turbo, 24-valve, 3.8-litre V6 powerhouse that is already an icon among sports car fans. For the Eau Rouge, with bespoke Infiniti engine mapping, air intake and exhaust, and F1-inspired aerodynamic body work, peak engine power is up to an exhilarating 560hp, with engine torque measured at 600Nm.

Originally a design concept of what a high-performance variant of the Infiniti Q50 premium sports saloon could look like, the Q50 Eau Rouge lives on as a dynamic development vehicle.

The decision to take the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge into production is currently under evaluation.

Vettel now turns his attention to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend – 23rd and 24th August; he’s won there twice previously.

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