Infiniti Offers Engineers New Formula 1 Scholarship | Edmunds

Infiniti Offers Engineers New Formula 1 Scholarship


Just the Facts:
  • Infiniti is offering engineering graduates a crack at a new Formula 1 scholarship, as the Nissan premium brand continues to burnish its performance credentials.
  • Two scholarships are available and include a salary, accommodations and the use of a car.
  • An Infiniti spokesman said he could not provide any information about the amount of the salary at this point.

HONG KONG — Infiniti is offering engineering graduates a crack at a new Formula 1 scholarship, as the Nissan premium brand continues to burnish its performance credentials.

Two scholarships to the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy are available and include a salary, accommodations and the use of a car.

An Infiniti spokesman said he could not provide any information about the amount of the salary at this point. The company said it will release details on how to apply and when recruitment starts later.

"The new program is the latest development in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing partnership, generating mutual benefits on the track and the road," said Infiniti in a statement.

The two scholarship winners will work with Infiniti engineers at the F1 team's factory in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, during a yearlong assignment. They will also spend time at Infiniti's technical center in Cranfield, United Kingdom, where they will "intensify their knowledge of future road car technologies."

Recruitment will open later this year. National selections across several global regions will begin in May 2014. Finalists will present their ideas to a panel from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing in July 2014, with the two winners announced at the British Grand Prix. Placements begin in September 2014.

The scholarship opportunity also gives the winners a chance to become "an elite member of the Infiniti engineering team in the future," the company said.

It is likely that triple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel may have a hand in picking the winners or at least interacting with them. Vettel is Infiniti's director of performance and is involved in product development at the company.

Edmunds says: Look out, MIT and Stanford. Infiniti just may have created the most sought-after post-grad engineering school on the planet.

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