Race is on for Infiniti F1 engineering hot seat

31 October 2013 #SMMT News

Infiniti has launched an exciting new competition to unearth the next generation of automotive engineering talent, offering two lucky winners the chance to work for a year with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

The winners of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy contest will be selected from partner universities across the globe, and will take part in a year-long work placement alongside engineers at the F1 team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes. The winners will also spend time at Infiniti’s Technical Centre in Cranfield, where they will develop their knowledge of future road car technologies, as well as helping Infiniti’s technical collaboration with Red Bull.

The announcement follows Infiniti’s recent groundbreaking event to start construction of its new £250 million manufacturing facility in Sunderland, which is to create 1,000 jobs in the region.

Launching the contest were Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber, Paul Monaghan, Head of Car Engineering at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, and Fintan Knight, Vice President of Infiniti EMEA.

Knight said, “Formula One sits at the pinnacle of global motorsport with the best drivers, the best teams, cutting-edge technology and the cream of the crop of engineers from around the world.

“Just as Formula One is fiercely competitive on-track, so it is off-track when it comes to engineering careers. We’ve created the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy because we want to encourage and nurture the best new engineering talent.”

The task for entrants is to answer the question “What future technology should Formula One be incorporating to keep road-relevant?” in less than 500 words. Applicants must be entering their final year of education or graduating in an engineering or science degree in 2014, be fluent in English, and be available for work in the UK for a continuous 12 months from September 2014.

Applications can be made now at, and the winners will be announced in July 2014.

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