INFINITI Engineering Academy students expand into Renault UK Clio Cup

Hong Kong – INFINITI and Renault add another opportunity for the students of the INFINITI Engineering Academy program which helps youngsters to pursue high-performance technology roles in motor sport. Expanding the existing training program, which currently consists of six months each at the Renault Sport Formula 1 facility in Enstone, UK, and at INFINITI’s European Technical Center in Cranfield, the Engineering Academy will now offer its students two alternating roles in the UK Clio Cup paddock to be part of the championship’s behind-the-scenes data-logging engineering team and scrutineering personnel.

Tommaso Volpe, INFINITI Motorsport Global Director, said: “The INFINITI Engineering Academy is a global program selecting the very best student engineers from seven continental regions to participate in one year of training with INFINITI. The nature of the program and world-wide search has brought a truly diverse field of successful Academy Engineers, current and past. Now in its fourth year we are expanding the program by leveraging the technical partnership and strong collaboration between the two companies.”

The Renault UK Clio Cup, successfully mixing road car technology with professional motorsport, is renowned as being one of the very best championships in Britain when it comes to technical support. It is a logical championship to place students, who have already had a taste of life with both INFINITI and the F1 team, to further help them pursue their careers in race engineering or the wider automotive industry.

Renault UK’s Communications Director, Jeremy Townsend, said: “The INFINITI Engineering Academy represents a superb opportunity for young engineers hoping to achieve careers in motor sport – real once-in-a-lifetime stuff. To have them then also filter over into the UK Clio Cup paddock is fitting as, like Renault Sport Racing, Renault Sport UK has always been a fervent supporter of young talent both on and off the track.”

Renault Sport UK’s Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes, added: “Time and again we hear from those currently on the grid, and from those looking to join, how well the UK Clio Cup serves its teams and drivers when it comes to technical know-how and engineering excellence.

“Being included as part of the INFINITI Engineering Academy along with the Renault Sport Formula One Team adds greatly to that credibility, as it does our reputation for nurturing talent. We look forward very much to working with the Academy engineers during the remainder of 2017 and more youngsters who will doubtless emerge from the Academy in future.”

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About INFINITI:

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive.  The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

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Contacts:
For INFINITI Global Communications, contact:

Jon Walsh
Senior Manager, INFINITI Global Communications
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3948 0129
Mobile: +852 9447 9705
Email: jon.walsh@INFINITI.com   

Chris Jordan
Manager, INFINITI Global Communications
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3948 0209
Mobile: +852 9447 9974
Email: chris.jordan@INFINITI.com

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