INFINITI has announced the launch of the 2018 edition of its highly successful INFINITI Engineering Academy, its fifth consecutive year recruiting the best engineers worldwide to work both with INFINITI Motor Company & Renault Sport Formula One Team.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is aimed at highly driven students looking to venture into the vehicle engineering industry, where they will brush shoulders with some of the most experienced engineers within automotive and Formula 1.
This new edition of the INFINITI Engineering Academy will also benefit from unprecedented access to Formula 1 circuits during Grand Prix weeks, with six of the seven Academy Finals being held trackside – Canada, Silverstone for the Europe Final, Singapore for the Asia & Oceania Final, U.S., Mexico & Abu Dhabi for the Middle East Final.
As a result, the INFINITI Engineering Academy finalists – 10 per participating region – will be granted access to the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s pit lane, garage & motorhome areas on the Thursday before their local Formula 1 Grand Prix, where they will carry out several challenges under the watchful eye of Bob Bell, Nico Hülkenberg, Carlos Sainz & other members of Renault Sport Formula One Team.
Tommaso Volpe, Director Motorsport & Performance Projects, INFINITI Global said :
“Thanks to our Technical Partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team, INFINITI is now an established active player in F1. The INFINITI Engineering Academy is one of our most successful projects & we are very proud of the impressive growth of this program year after year, both in terms of student applications & awareness. In 2018 we will offer again a once in a lifetime opportunity to seven young engineers from all over the world, confirming INFINITI’s commitment to talent and diversity. Furthermore, we’re incredibly pleased that this year the winners of the INFINITI Engineering Academy will be selected trackside during Grand Prix weeks – the perfect setting for engineers to compete for a place in this unique program.”
For the 2018 edition of the Academy, INFINITI has also partnered with Harvard University Professor Dr. Julia Minson who specializes in decision science. Dr. Minson will work with the INFINITI Engineering Academy to conduct ground breaking research into decision making in engineering & how the very best engineers perform under pressure to make decisions when faced with vast amounts of complex data. The learnings from the research will then be incorporated by both the INFINITI engineering & motorsport teams to optimize their decision making processes.
Dr. Minson & her team will also support INFINITI during the Engineering Academy recruitment process & assist the judges during the Finals to ensure that the best winners are selected. With increasing registration numbers year-on-year – the 2017 edition attracted over 12,000 registrations from 41 different countries, a near-threefold increase on the previous edition – competition to secure one of the seven places available globally is fiercer and the caliber of the candidates higher than ever.
Cyril Abiteboul – Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing said :
“Attracting top new talent is crucial for success in Formula One & the INFINITI Engineering Academy helps us do that. It’s a fantastic initiative that takes recruitment in F1 to a whole new level & brings new & diverse talent to the sport, which is crucial to its future development. The Academy Engineers that we have working with us at Enstone are a big asset to us as we continue to strengthen our technical resource. We look forward to recruiting the seven 2018 winners and expect the same great levels of talent we have seen in the previous ones.”