Infiniti Gives One Young Student The Opportunity Of a Lifetime
Do you remember what you were doing when you were 22 years old? Imagine you're that age again, and Infiniti selects you out of thousands of applicants, including 12 other finalists, to work hand-in-hand with the company’s Formula 1 racing team. Alex Allmandinger, the winner of this year’s Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy (IPEA), and will get to work side-by-side with the Infiniti Red Bull racing team. Infiniti’s IPEA program is now in its second year, and is a one-of-a-kind possibility for up-and-coming engineers and designers. Just imagine if you were given the chance to work on a team like Infiniti Red Bull at such a young age. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and one that hopefully will propel Alex into the future. RELATED: Check Out the All New Infiniti Q50 Here
The candidates had to first register their interest and then get interviewed by a panel of judges throughout both Infiniti and Red Bulls teams. We would have been terrified at that age, especially considering only 10 people would be selected from each region of the world for the opportunity. Alex was one of them. “It still hasn’t sunk in,” said the young engineer, “but I am incredibly excited about joining the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. It really is a dream come true, and I can’t wait to get started. It will be the best 12-month learning experience of my life.”
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You can just feel the mind-blowing exuberance coming out of his words. This not only represents an opportunity of a lifetime for Alex, but is also a great way of ushering in more students to science and technology. It provides a practical work environment with the top engineers and designers, which is something that would be a highly coveted opportunity within the auto industry or the academic world at large.
Additionally, rather than just focusing on Infiniti’s road car designs and engineering, working with the Infiniti Red Bull team provides something that younger auto designers and engineers probably lack; real-world race experience. Racing not only provides essential data to make a road car fast, but it also helps with aerodynamics, fuel economy, and increased safety. Without racing, our auto technology would be far more limited than what we have today.
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Infiniti Formula 1 global director Tommaso Volpe put it best. “If last year’s winners are anything to go by, it will not be long before all of them are making a significant contribution both to us and to the race team. With F1 becoming more and more relevant to the automotive industry-and an increased focus of placement this year being on the road car development, we are training a new generation of engineers who will play a key role in the crossover between the two industries.”
What more could you ask for as a 22 year old?