Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top

The 2016-2017 Infiniti Engineering Academy class winners. All images courtesy academy.infiiti.com
Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
The 2016-2017 Infiniti Engineering Academy class winners. All images courtesy academy.infiiti.com

In the past, aspiring automotive engineers had to spend a minimum of four years at an accredited college or university obtaining their automotive engineering degree and then hope that their grades, projects, and interviewing skills were good enough to land them a job at either an auto maker or, if they were really lucky, a race team. Not anymore. These days programs like the Genius Garage and the Infiniti Engineering Academy are gaining traction in the automotive world and offering the best of the best a chance of a lifetime.

 

Program Participants Receive Unique Educational and Career Opportunity

Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
2014 winner from Europe William Priest.

Entry into the Infiniti Engineering Academy Program is highly competitive. This year’s program will offer seven students from seven regions a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from engineers from Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One team. Students from Asia and Oceana (Australia and environs), the United States, Mexico, the Middle East, Europe (including Russia), Canada and China are encouraged to apply for the program. Entries will be open from February of this year.

Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
2015 winner Daniel Sanham.

The 2014 winner of the Academy program was William Priest. As the program winner, Priest went on to become a full time engineer with Infiniti. Daniel Sanham, the 2015 winner, just signed a full time contract with the Renault Sport Formula one team. The first female winner, Caitlin Bunt, from the 2016 class, is still deciding where she wants to work.

Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
2016 winner Caitlin Bunt.

Tommas Volpe, director of Infiniti Global Motorsport, said, “Thanks to our close Technical Partnership with the Renault Sport Formula One Team, we can offer seven engineers from all over the world a truly technically rich, multi-discipline and multi-cultural engineering placement. We are really proud to see this project growing year after year and our past Academy Engineers being so successful in their careers. The level of interest we are receiving from students all over the world is absolutely fantastic, so of course we are delighted to launch the fourth edition of this truly unique program today (at the Autosport International Show in Hong Kong).”

Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
2015 Infiniti Engineering Academy winners take a walk-through of an Infiniti production line in Europe.

Managing director of the Renault Sport Formula One team Cyril Abiteboul had this to say about the program: “Infiniti brings two key elements to the Renault Sport Formula One Team – expertise in the Energy Recovers Systems (ERS) through Performance Hybrid technology, and an international diversity of young, fresh-thinking engineering talent, thanks to the Academy. These globally sourced students not only bring fresh perspectives to the team, but also the latest learnings from road car hybrid technology, of which Infiniti is a pioneer.”

Infiniti Engineering Academy Offers a Ride to the Top
2015 winner Alex Allmandinger in the Renault Sport pits with an Infiniti guest.

Volpe added, “With Formula One more relevant to the automotive industry than ever and our Academy engineers at the cutting edge of both automotive and motorsport engineering, we are  perfectly placed to explore, understand and encourage the crossover of technology between our two companies and disciplines.”

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Mike's love of cars began in the early 1970's when his father started taking him to his Chevron service station. He's done pretty much everything in the automotive aftermarket from gas station island attendant, parts counter, mechanic, and new and used sales. Mike also has experience in the amateur ranks of many of racing's sanctioning bodies.
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