University engineering students from across the United States now have the chance to land the career opportunity of a lifetime at the world’s pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One, as Infiniti Motor Company announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy.
Now in its second year, the search for the world’s best up-and-coming engineering undergraduates offers a unique opportunity to work with four-time World Championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing as well as for Infiniti Motor Company itself. And this year, one place is guaranteed to go to a student from the United States.
“Last year’s pilot program uncovered three outstanding candidates from around the world, including two from the United States,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of Marketing Communications and Media, Infiniti USA. “In an industry that is notoriously difficult to get into, this is an unprecedented chance for talented young engineers.”
After a comprehensive assessment to identify the best applications, a series of regional finals will recruit winners from not only America but also Europe, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia, with each receiving a 12-month internship split between Infiniti’s European Technical Center and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, both in the UK, complete with full salary. This will see them working on key road car projects for Infiniti and for the race team in various areas of engineering.
The five available roles will cover vehicle dynamics, vehicle design, aerodynamics and electronics, with those applying expected to have relevant academic backgrounds. All will be exposed to the close technical crossover between Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Infiniti, including the use of hybrid technology for increased performance on the track and the road.
“We’re looking for engineers who are technically very strong, but they need to excel in other areas too,” explained Adrian Newey, chief technical officer, Infiniti Red Bull Racing. “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.”
Candidates will go through a three-stage process, starting by submitting their resume and a video answering the question “Why do I deserve this opportunity?” This will be followed by a Skype interview and then an in-depth profile analysis by Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing senior management. Ten will then be selected in each market to attend their regional finals to complete a series of engineering and teamwork tasks, judged by an expert panel from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing. One winner from each region will go on to secure the 12-month placement.