Infiniti Academy to place 7 grads in F1

1-year placement includes full salary, accommodation and an Infiniti

Published: June 2, 2016, 2:30 PM
Updated: June 6, 2016, 9:02 PM

Infiniti F1 academy 2015 finalists

Infiniti is offering engineering students a dream job — a chance to work on a Formula One team.

Now in its third year, the Infiniti Engineering Academy is presenting the best engineering students from all over the world with the opportunity to work at Infiniti Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula One team, with which Infiniti is a technical partner.

Based on the success of past winners — William Priest from the UK, and Americans Eric LaRoche and Jason Zide in 2014; and Muhammad Usman Zafar (Saudi Arabia), Andrei Plakhotnichenko (Russia), Daniel Sanham (UK), Zitong Zhang (China) and Alex Allmandinger (US) in 2015 — the academy has become the technical recruitment initiative for Formula One.

“The caliber of last year’s applications was extremely high, and based on the success of Alex Allmandinger (our 2015 U.S. champion), we are beyond excited to launch the Infiniti Engineering Academy 2016 in the United States,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director, Marketing Communications and Media, Infiniti Americas. “The scale of the academy is even bigger than before, so we encourage all engineering students motivated by the fast-paced automotive and motorsport industry to apply for this incredible opportunity.”

For 2016, the program will be choosing finalists from global Infiniti regions in Canada, China, Europe (including Russia), Mexico, Asia & Oceania (including Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Hong Kong), the Middle East, and the US. Finalists must be fluent in English and attend the regional competitions in summer 2016, with the seven regional winners starting their year-long placements — six months at Infiniti and six months at Renault Sport Formula One — in October 2016.

“We are offering a mix of academic and professional experience across such disciplines as Electronics, Aerodynamics, Mechanical Design and Composite Design,” explained Bob Bell, Renault Sport F1 Chief Technical Officer. “The academy offers a compelling opportunity for up-and-coming engineers to experience the fundamentals of automotive and motorsport engineering.”

Among the streams of knowledge will be experience with Infiniti’s performance hybrid systems used for joint Energy Recovery System (ERS) development in France.

“This year more than ever our close relationship with F1 brings direct benefits to the development of our road cars,” said Tommaso Volpe, Global Director, Infiniti Motorsport. “As the Technical Partner to the newly formed Renault Sport Formula One Team, specifically for the co-development of the Renault Sport R.E.16 Power Unit's Energy Recovery System (ERS), our Academy engineers will work across both road car and race car hybrid systems; cross-pollenating the application of the mirrored technologies.”

The work placement includes full salary (along with all the necessary paperwork to work abroad), return travel to the UK, shared accommodation and use of an Infiniti vehicle. More information, as well as applications, can be obtained at

 “The opportunity to not only work in Formula One, the pinnacle of motorsport, but also further my experience in the automotive industry – it's truly once in a lifetime,” said 2015 US winner Allmandinger. “All of us who are currently in the Academy were just students last year, and now we've gotten the chance to be Formula One engineers. If you're dedicated and passionate, there is no reason it can't be you. It's really too good of a chance to pass up.”