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Last year's winners of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy with Adrian Newey. © Infiniti EMEA
Last year’s winners of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy with Adrian Newey. © Infiniti EMEA

Following on from its successful inauguration last year, American motor brand Infiniti has launched the second edition of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy.

Open to university students across Europe, the academy purports to offer successful applicants an opportunity of a lifetime to work with championship winning Formula One team Red Bull Racing.

Having uncovered three successful candidates from last year’s opening programme, Infiniti have decided to expand the number of places on offer to five, according to Infiniti EMEA Vice President Francois Goupil de Bouille. “This year, we are taking it a step further by increasing the number of global places to five and guaranteeing at least one place goes to a student from Europe,” said de Bouille, adding “In an industry that is notoriously difficult to get into, this is an unprecedented chance for talented young engineers.”

After initial assessments, the top rated applicant from Europe will receive a twelve-month fully paid internship with Red Bull Racing and Infiniti’s European Technical Centre.
A similar prize for applicants from Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and the United States will also be awarded with an internship programme, bringing the victors into key road car projects, and with the race team in various areas of engineering.

Roles on offer include vehicle dynamics, design, aerodynamics and electronics, with a view to ensuring applicants become exposed to the technical crossover, especially with regards to hybrid technology.

Adrian Newey explained further. “We’re looking for engineers who are technically very strong, but they need to excel in other areas too. Whether you’re designing and building road cars, or working in Formula One, the ability to think laterally, creatively and operate seamlessly within a team are crucial. It will be tough and they will be expected to work, but the rewards are high.”

For more information, visit academy.infiniti.com

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