• Engineering student wins a place in the 2017 edition of the acclaimed INFINITI Engineering Academy
  • 23-year-old University student Damien Turlay awarded a unique one-year placement to work with both INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team
  • Turlay will begin his 12-month placement in the UK in October, together with another six winners from all over the world 

Enstone, UK – An engineering student has been awarded the career opportunity of a lifetime in Automotive and Formula One, as INFINITI announces Damien Turlay as the European winner of the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017. 

Having been selected from thousands of entries and beating nine other finalists from around the country in an action-packed event at Renault Sport Formula One Team Technical Centre, 23-year-old Damien Turlay from Toulouse (France) will move to the UK in October for a career opportunity of a lifetime, complete with travel, accommodation, access to an INFINITI company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers at the cutting edge of the automotive and motorsport industries. 

Turlay, who is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Lyon, will spend six months working at Renault Formula One Team’s Technical Centre in the UK (Enstone) and six months working at the INFINITI European Technical Centre (Cranfield). He will play a key role in the ongoing transfer of technical knowledge and expertise between Renault Sport Formula One Team and INFINITI. 

“With every edition of the Academy, we are more and more impressed by the amount of interest received from students all over the world and the incredible level of the talent attracted. Students have seen the accomplishments of our former Academy graduates, who have forged successful careers in both automotive and motorsport and, as a result, more students than ever before want to participate to get this once-in-a-lifetime engineering experience to launch their careers”, said Tommaso Volpe, Global Director, INFINITI Motorsport. 

“With Formula One becoming more relevant to the automotive industry and with an increased focus of the placements 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,” added Volpe. 

Commenting on his win, Turlay said, “When my name was announced, I couldn’t believe it! I met nine other very capable and strong candidates in the Final, who were all deserving of the opportunity, so I feel very fortunate to be the winner. I can’t wait to get started, it’s a dream come true!” 

The INFINITI Engineering Academy, now in its fourth year, is a one-of-a-kind global search for the world’s best up-and-coming engineers. For 2017, seven placements are available with one winner chosen each from Asia-Pacific, Canada, China, Europe (incl. Russia), Mexico, United Arab Emirates and US, to work with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One Team. The 2017 edition of the Academy attracted over 12,000 registrations from 41 different countries, setting a new record with a near-threefold increase on last year. 

For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy, please visit 

2017 INFINITI Engineering Academy European winner bio 

Name: Damien Turlay (France)

Age: 23

University: University of Lyon (Mechanical Engineering), Ecole Centrale de Lyon (Vehicle Engineering).

From: Born in Dax, raised in Valence, Paris and Lyon. Currently living in Toulouse.

Greatest achievement: Building a Formula Student car from scratch.

Career dream: F1 Engineer or Team Manager. 



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 plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. 

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 Renault Sport Formula One Team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance. 

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Jon Walsh
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INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3948 0129
Mobile: +852 9447 9705

Chris Jordan
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INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., Hong Kong
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