Tommaso Volpe, Global Director for Motorsport and Performance Projects at INFINITI
How did the INFINITI Engineering Academy come about?
“The reason we wanted to do this project was for INFINITI to bring to Renault added value as a technical partner, in addition to the expertise we bring with the hybrid technology in the F1 power unit. So we launched the academy in seven regions around the world.”
What do the seven winners get?
“They get work placements at the Renault Sport F1 Team and a further six months at the INFINITI Technical Centre at Cranfield. I don’t know of another programme that does this for their students. Automotive and Formula 1 are different playgrounds but engineering principles are the same and we place them in the best field for their profile, so in either vehicle dynamics, electronics or aerodynamics – depending on their skills.”
How has the INFINITI Engineering Academy grown in the past four years?
“The first year we had 1,000 applicants and three winners, the second year we had 2,000 applicants and five winners. In 2017 we’ve had 12,000 applicants and we have ideas to evolve it further into next year.”