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Infiniti looking to Red Bull’s F1 team to help beef up performance line

Infiniti FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition - Interior

The people at BMW’s M division and those lucky enough to work for the Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division don’t really have anything to fear from Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury brand does, technically, have the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL), but IPL isn’t anywhere near on par with the super sedans coming from Germany. Instead, IPL supplies some body components and more aggressive exhausts, nice enough touches, but not anything to make the name IPL particularly memorable. The tragedy of this is that Infiniti has a partnership with Red Bull’s Formula 1 team, and some of that go-fast expertise could be used to make something that would make Germany nervous. Infiniti does have some experience with this, as they produced a Sebastian Vettel Edition of the FX, which used quite a lot more input from its namesake than you might have expected.

That’s all well and good, but it’s hardly the same as an M. So now, as Car & Driver reports, Infiniti has decided to take IPL more seriously. It will be doing so by calling on its pals at Red Bull, and this is said to go beyond simple input from the drivers. Infiniti wants real engineering collaboration, probably a good idea seeing as Red Bull’s name doesn’t carry as much weight in the U.S. We don’t know exactly what form these new IPL cars are going to take, but almost any effort at all would seem an improvement over what IPL is doing right now. It is a bit surprising the move took this long, since Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, builds the supercar-slaying GT-R, but input from the reigning F1 championship team certainly won’t hurt.