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  • INFINITI Academy engineers commence the second rotation of the automotive-to-motorsport placements with INFINITI and Renault DP World F1® Team
  • The seven engineers remained active through the first six month placement, including throughout  lockdown, collaborating in projects to support COVID-19 patients

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2020 INFINITI Engineering Academy candidates commence the second rotation of the unique automotive-to-motorsport placements with INFINITI and Renault DP World F1® Team, as the current edition of the INFINITI Engineering Academy reaches its mid-point.

The seven INFINITI academy engineers completed the first six month placement under extraordinary circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will now switch positions between the INFINITI Technical Center in Cranfield and the Renault DP World F1® Team Technical Center in Enstone.

Throughout the placements, the engineers have remained active during lockdown, working from home on different projects while in touch with their teams and line managers. Some of the engineers have also devoted their time during lockdown to collaborate with Renault Sport Racing on ventilator projects to support COVID-19 patients.

Such is the case of Nimo Li (current INFINITI Engineering Academy China winner) and Damien Turlay (INFINITI Engineering Academy European winner 2017, currently a full-time engineer with Renault Sport Racing at their powertrain facility in Viry-Châtillon). Li collaborated in the BlueSky ventilator project in the UK, while Turlay was involved in the engineering of MakAir respirators in France.

“2020 has been an exceptional year for everyone. We are very proud of our Academy Engineers – not only for staying focused and making the most of this unique opportunity in the most unusual and challenging circumstances, but also for finding ways to support those affected by the virus and devoting their remarkable engineering talent to such a worthy cause', said Tommaso Volpe, director, Global Motorsports, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

INFINITI's support and collaboration with Renault DP World F1® Team during the coronavirus pandemic goes beyond the INFINITI Engineering Academy and includes stay at home activities such as the ‘Carigami Q50 Honey Badger edition'.

The INFINITI Engineering Academy is a unique program in its seventh year, and the most successful technical recruitment initiative of its kind. It is the only program to offer a placement in both automotive and F1®. The Academy is unmatched in the range of opportunities and experiences for the seven 2020 winners, selected from INFINITI markets around the world.

For more information about the INFINITI Engineering Academy, please visit


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Notes to editors
The images provided were taken prior to lockdown restrictions in January 2020.

In March this year and as part of the INFINITI #ParkItForNow campaign, INFINITI released a downloadable template together with Renault DP World F1® Team driver Daniel Riccardo for automotive and Formula 1™ fans to build their own ‘INFINITI Q50 Honey Badger edition' and encourage them to stay at home. This special edition features a unique design inspired by Ricciardo's 2019 racing helmet and was first seen in the humorous and widely acclaimed ‘INFINITI Employee of the Month' video released last year.

Renault DP World F1® Team became involved in the design and development of a brand-new ventilator device to help in the fight against COVID-19 as part of a ground-breaking collaboration between the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, Innovate UK and Project Pitlane, the unique alliance of Formula 1 teams. Olympus Keymed also donated time and expertise to the advancement of the project. The BlueSky ventilator was the adaptation of a simple palm-sized ventilator concept into a robust bedside device to offer critical care and trauma management to patients requiring immediate ventilatory support. Working together, Project Pitlane was able to shorten the design and production phase of this prototype ventilator to just over three weeks.

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., with representation in markets around the world, will electrify its portfolio in the next three years. The INFINITI brand, launched in 1989, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, North America and China.  INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Shanghai. 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 F1 Team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About INFINITI Motorsport
INFINITI is Technical Partner of Renault DP World F1® Team, and INFINITI Motorsport based in Paris, France. Leveraging its expertise in electrified performance, INFINITI contributes engineering resources to the team for the co-development of the Power Unit's Energy Recovery System (ERS), one of the most sophisticated technologies in motorsport.

INFINITI also brings new, diverse and fresh-thinking talent to Renault DP World F1® Team through its highly successful INFINITI Engineering Academy – a global recruitment program that offers engineering students a unique automotive and motorsport placement, thanks to the partnership and strong collaboration between INFINITI and Renault DP World F1® Team. 

More information about INFINITI in Motorsport please visit You can also follow INFINITI MSport on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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