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SEARCH FOR YOUNG TALENT

NFINITI is seeking the region’s brightest engineering talent for the 2019 edition of the INFINITI Engineering Academy. The closing date of applications is October 25. The programme, the only one of its kind in the world, aims to enhance the skills of youngsters looking to go into automotive and motorsport engineering. It provides a unique opportunity for students to gain experience in both the premium automotive and Formula 1 industries, with a six-month placement at the INFINITI Technical Centre Europe and a further six months at Renault F1 Team. Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East, says: “Students will be chosen from a set of tasks that will assess their current knowledge of the technicalities of the automotive sector, as well as their soft skills.” The academy will select one engineering student from the Middle East currently studying in a local or regional university to join the programme alongside six winners from other regions. After a series of tests throughout the application process, 10 finalists will be shortlisted to participate in

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the final assessment event, which will take place in Abu Dhabi at Al Masaood Automobiles and at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27 and 28, ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019. Students can submit their applications by visiting academy.infiniti.com.

FUTURE FACTORY

fter a construction period of less than 48 months, Porsche has opened the new production facility for its first all-electric sports car at its Zuffenhausen site. “The zero-emissions Taycan is a new Porsche icon,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “We have a level of responsibility for the environment and society. Production of the Taycan is carbon-neutral. Heritage meets the future at our parent plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, which is the heart of the brand.” The facility sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Assembly takes place in a “factory of the future” – flexible, networked and using 4.0 production technology. It is a further step towards the “Zero Impact Factory” with no negative environmental impact. Production of the Porsche Taycan with zeroemission powertrain at the Zuffenhausen site will be carbon-neutral. In addition to using electricity from renewable sources and biogas to generate heat, the new production buildings are designed to be extremely energy-efficient. Further examples are the electrically powered logistics vehicles, the use of waste heat in the paint shop, the greening of roof areas and a continuous and holistic approach to other potential resource savings. The company has invested more than BD290 million in the new production facilities alone. 60 October 2019

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he Ram 1500 Crew Cab full-size pickup has been named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019, the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation. “This recognition validates our unrelenting efforts to deliver more value for our customers,” says Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The new Ram 1500 has earned many accolades for its capability and design. It is immensely satisfying to have the IIHS recognise our truck for its compelling safety story.” www.bahrainthismonth.com

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Bahrain This Month - October 2019  

Vol.23 - Issue 10 - Your guide to a great way of life

Bahrain This Month - October 2019  

Vol.23 - Issue 10 - Your guide to a great way of life