HONG KONG – The INFINITI Engineering Academy, now in its third year, is a one-of-a-kind global search for the world's best up-and-coming engineers. For 2016, seven placements have been made available with one winner chosen each from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe (including Russia), the United Arab Emirates, China and Asia–Pacific.
This unique automotive-to-motorsport training program for brilliant young engineers, possible thanks to INFINITI's Technical Partnership with the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team, has attracted 4,108 registrations from 44 different countries. A number of previous winners have gone on to secure full time careers in the automotive and motorsport industries.
"The extraordinary level of interest in this year's INFINITI Engineering Academy has been absolutely fantastic," said Tommaso Volpe, global director, INFINITI Motorsport. "Students have seen the accomplishments of our Academy's graduates, who have gone on to forge successful careers in the automotive industry. This has meant that more students than ever want to use the Academy to gain vital engineering experience and launch their own careers. With F1 becoming more and more relevant to the automotive industry, and an increased focus of the placements this year being on the road car development, we are training a new generation of engineers who will play a key role in the crossover between the two industries."
Below are video snapshots of winners from each region.
USA Winner 2016 Caitlin Bunt
Canada Winner 2016 Felix Lamy
China Winner 2016 Xuezi Li
European Winner 2016 Riccardo Manfredini
Mexico Winner 2016 Alexandros Paleologos
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INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.
INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.
From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.
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