The ‘Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy’ will see two winning candidates complete a 12-month assignment with Triple World Championship-winning Formula One team Infiniti Red Bull Racing, based in Milton Keynes, UK.
The two graduates will work alongside Infiniti engineers already based at the F1 team’s factory. In addition, they will also spend time at Infiniti’s nearby technical center in Cranfield, UK, where they will intensify their knowledge of future road car technologies.
The new program is the latest development in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing partnership, generating mutual benefits on the track and the road.
Recruitment will open later this year. National selections across several global regions will begin in May 2014, putting applicants through a comprehensive selection process to assess their performance potential and innovative thinking. Finalists will present their ideas to a panel of senior technical figures from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing in July 2014 with the two winners announced at the British Grand Prix. The placements will begin in September 2014. This once-in-a-lifetime scholarship includes a salary, accommodation, and the use of a car.
Commenting on the new initiative, Johan De Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd., said: “The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy is a unique opportunity for top engineering talents from around the world. They can experience the highest levels of performance and precision in both Formula One and in road car engineering. We are looking for candidates who share our passion, and we open up an avenue for them to become an elite member of the Infiniti engineering team in the future."
Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Infiniti Red Bull Racing added: “One of the key advantages of our partnership with Infiniti is our ability to utilize their resources, from materials to processes and people. As such it is really interesting for us to benefit from a worldwide selection process which brings the best new talent through our door. The speed of technical development in Formula One means that fresh thinking is crucial in keeping ahead of the other teams and we hope that providing an opportunity for world class graduates to work with us will provide long term performance benefits for us and for Infiniti."
Further details of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, including how to apply and when recruitment starts, will be released in due course.