INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017 | Infiniti Retail Group

Now in its fourth successive year, the Academy will once again offer seven engineering students from different regions across the world an unparalleled opportunity to join a 12-month placement working on both automotive and Formula One™ technologies, thanks to the technical partnership and collaboration between INFINITI Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula OneTM Team.

Engineering students can now apply at academy.infiniti.com. Applicants will have to complete an online engineering puzzle test, designed by puzzle and brainteaser experts ‘Brilliant’, as part of a multi-stage recruitment process. The ten best applicants from each region will then be invited to participate in a regional final to try and secure their place.

The selected student from Europe will join another six young engineers, one from each of the other participating regions (Asia & Oceania, Canada, China, Mexico, Middle East and United States). The seven winners will move to the UK to work at the Renault Sport Formula One™ Technical Centre (Enstone) and the INFINITI European Engineering Centre (Cranfield) for a career opportunity of a lifetime, complete with travel, accommodation, access to an INFINITI company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers at the cutting edge of the automotive and motorsport industries.

“We are very excited to offer seven engineering students from different regions the possibility to join this technically rich, multi-discipline and multi-cultural engineering placement once again,” said Tommaso Volpe, INFINITI Global Motorsport Director. “Formula One is more relevant to the automotive industry than ever. With the enhanced scope for collaboration and real technology transfer that the Renault-Nissan Alliance and our Technical Partnership delivers. The INFINITI Engineering Academy will provide an unmatched range of experiences and opportunities to the 2017 winners.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of the Renault Sport Formula OneTM Team, commented: “The INFINITI Engineering Academy offers an unparalleled opportunity for young, fresh-thinking engineers to experience the best and latest technologies in automotive and motorsport engineering. 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, so we are looking forward to welcoming the 2017 class.”

Having launched the careers of previous winners, the INFINITI Engineering Academy is THE technical recruitment initiative in Formula OneTM. Former Academy Engineers William Priest and Daniel Sanham have both secured full time jobs with INFINITI Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula OneTM Team respectively and are an inspiration to this year’s students who will be looking to emulate their success.

“I anticipated this experience to be absolutely amazing, but I still found myself blown away!” said Riccardo Manfredini, INFINITI Engineering Academy European winner 2016.. “I am participating in projects and gaining experience I never thought I would get to in my first six months. Being here, behind the scenes and contributing to these exciting projects is a dream come true.” Manfredini is currently doing his six-month placement at the INFINITI Technical Centre in Cranfield and will begin the second part of his placement with the Renault Sport Formula One Team in Enstone soon.