This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will bring together alliance partners Nissan, Renault and Infiniti in a unique programme which will not only assist cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy's Le Mans debut, but will further boost a young motorsport engineer's career. University of Nottingham student Daniel Sanham has been "living the dream" as the 2015 Infiniti Engineering Academy winner for Europe.
Renault Sport Formula One Team contested a hard-fought Canadian Grand Prix with Kevin Magnussen finishing in sixteenth and Jolyon Palmer retiring due to a water leak. Kevin started from last position following yesterday's liaison with the wall and ran to a one-stop strategy. Jolyon made a promising start; however, loss of water pressure meant the team had to retire the car with 16 laps completed.
Last night, over 100 engineering students attended an event at McGill University to learn just what it takes to compete in the 2016 Infiniti Engineering Academy. For the first time in the program's three years, Canadian students have the chance to compete to earn the career opportunity of a lifetime in Formula One™ and automotive engineering, with a factory F1® team and Infiniti.
Infiniti continues its strong momentum, setting a new global sales record in May. The brand sold approximately 18,000 vehicles around the world last month, an increase of 3 percent over May 2015 and representing the best-ever May sales performance in Infiniti’s history. Year-to-date, Infiniti sold about 91,000 vehicles globally, up 5 percent compared to the same period last year, setting another sales record for the company.
After an inspired intermediate tire choice by Kevin Magnussen in Monaco didn’t bear the fruits it should have, thanks to the intervention of a rival driver, our Dane looks to Montréal to show what he has up his sleeves.
Infiniti today reported May sales of 1,036 vehicles in Canada, an increase of 3.2 per cent versus the prior year and a May sales record. Calendar year-to-date sales are up 9.3 per cent. The 7-passenger QX60 luxury crossover continues to be the top seller in the Infiniti line-up with sales of 387 units in May, an increase of 19.4 per cent. Sales of the redesigned QX50 luxury compact crossover increased 47.7 per cent with 291 units sold, setting a May sales record.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team suffered a disappointing double retirement from an eventful Monaco Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen showed promising progress with an early swap to intermediate tires after a race start on full wet tires behind the safety car. Kevin's potential was ultimately undone by an unfathomable onslaught from a one-lap-down Daniil Kvyat. He continued to race but subsequently ended up in the barriers again and retired from the Grand Prix. Jolyon Palmer's race was far shorter, ending after aquaplaning into the barriers on the main straight, then into the barriers at Sainte Devote on the seventh lap.
The Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo made its first-ever appearance outside of China at the Copper Box in Olympic Park, London, during the launch of a new game, Grand Turismo Sport. Displayed alongside seven other full-size concept cars, the largest ever gathering of GT concept vision cars in one place, the vehicle provides a visualization of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future.
Renault Sport Formula One Team finished a close-packed 13th and 14th in today’s Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. A different strategy was employed across the two cars, with Kevin Magnussen changing to a three-stop race and Jolyon Palmer running to two stops. Both drivers were right together for the final laps, with Jolyon finishing just 2.7 seconds ahead of Kevin.