Posted Jul 12th 2012 6:00PM
There is never a shortage of PR stunts done by car dealers to attract the crowds onto their lots. Free hotdogs, giant blow up Gorillas and even petting zoos to haul in cranky children whose parents are then pounced on by salesmen as soon as they step out of the minivan. But sometimes there are sweet promotions like the one Infiniti has put together here with Sebastian Vettel's former Red Bull Racing F1 race car.
Why Infiniti dealers? Well, as we reported many months ago, Infiniti is the official partner of the Red Bull Racing team. No they don't make the engines Renault does that, but Renault controls Nissan who has a division called Infiniti and such is the circle of automotive life. The car you see here is apparently a former competition chassis with current Vettel RB8 markings although his name appears next to Mark Webber near the cockpit. The Renault RC27 motor, an 18,000 rpm screaming V8 has been removed so it doesn't slip into the wrong hands. Of course, some electronics and top secret elements have been removed for the public too but from the outside, it definitely is the real deal.
The car is currently on display at Infiniti Downtown in Toronto today and tomorrow but is headed to Windsor next and selected Infiniti dealers across Canada. We got a chance to snap a load of pics in our gallery but you should probably find out when it is in the showroom and see it for yourself because are simply not enough to get the whole experience. For future tour dates hit the jump.
Image Credit: Copyright 2012 Dave Pankew / AOL
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INFINITI DRIVES HOME FORMULA 1™ EXCITEMENT WITH NATIONWIDE RED BULL RACING SHOW CAR TOUR AND EXCLUSIVE CONTEST
- Championship-winning Red Bull Racing show car visiting Infiniti dealerships from coast-to-coast –
MISSISSAUGA, ONT. (May 17, 2012)- Infiniti Canada has launched the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Show Car Tour, which will make its way right across Canada over the spring and summer months. Stopping at Infiniti dealerships, this tour gives Canadians the opportunity to see up-close, a display version of the car that Infiniti global brand ambassador Sebastian Vettel took to World Championship status in 2010 – a feat he repeated in 2011.
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing Show Car Tour will make an extended stop in Montréal for the 2012 Formula 1™ Grand Prix du Canada, visiting each of our local dealers and will be on display at an Infiniti F1 kick-off event on Thursday, June 7th.
"At Infiniti, we craft vehicles that are cutting-edge, powerful and emotional – all to forge a connection between our cars and the adventurous spirit of our drivers," says Wendy Durward, Director of Infiniti Canada. "We are delighted to bring Canadian fans of both motorsport and the Infiniti brand a bit closer to that degree of inspired performance by showcasing the Red Bull Racing Show Car in our dealerships. We look forward to celebrating our expanded partnership, and hopefully another winning season with the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team."
The tour also offers a chance to win passes to the Formula 1™race in the United States which takes place November 16-18. Each tour stop event will be equipped with iPads so guests of the dealership can enter to win an all-inclusive trip to the Formula 1™race in Austin, Texas, and be entered for a local draw to win a pair of framed and mounted racing gloves signed by 2011 Formula 1™ World Champion, Sebastian Vettel.
July 12–14, 2012 Toronto, ON Infiniti Downtown
July 16–19, 2012 Windsor, ON Infiniti of Windsor
July 21-24, 2012 Newmarket, ON Newmarket Infiniti
July 31–August 4, 2012 Regina, SK Dilawri Infiniti
August 7–10, 2012 Calgary, AB Hyatt Infiniti
August 13–16, 2012 Edmonton, AB Ericksen Infiniti
August 19–24, 2012 Port Coquitlam, BC Morrey Infiniti Nissan of Coquitlam
August 25–27, 2012 Richmond, BC Auto West Infiniti
August 29–31, 2012 Victoria, BC Campus Infiniti
September 1–3, 2012 North Vancouver, BC Regency Infiniti
September 4–6, 2012 Langley, BC OpenRoad Infiniti
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing Show Car tour spans from the Maritimes and stretches right across Canada to conclude in British Columbia in September, visiting the following cities:
Dates are subject to change. For the complete tour schedule, visit: infiniti.ca/racecartour
About the Infiniti Red Bull Racing partnership
Now entering its second season, Infiniti's partnership with reigning World Champions, the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, epitomizes the purest spirit of Inspired Performance. Infiniti and Red Bull Racing announced in October 2011 an extended partnership for the 2012 season, further solidifying their shared visions, and working with streams already in place to develop the partnership into a technical collaboration. Infiniti will also continue to collaborate with its first Global Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Vettel, who has already worked on several projects with the company including the launch of the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition.