Infiniti offers Saudi Formula 1 career opportunity

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Updated 14 March 2015

Infiniti offers Saudi Formula 1 career opportunity

• University engineering students from select institutions in Saudi Arabia now have the chance to land the career opportunity of a lifetime at the world’s pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, as Infiniti announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. The one-of-a-kind global search for the world’s best up-and-coming engineering undergraduates offers a unique opportunity to work with the World Championship-winning Formula 1 team of which Infiniti is a title partner, as well as for Infiniti itself. And this year, one place is guaranteed to go to a Saudi Arabian student. “This is a remarkable opportunity for an ambitious engineering student to gain a fast track to a career in the exclusive world of Formula 1 and the automotive business,” said Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, Infiniti Middle East.

• BMW Group has hailed the recent unveiling of the first ever electric vehicle charging station in Dubai as a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the emirate. Last week, the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) debuted the first of 100 charging stations for zero-emission electric cars planned across the emirate by the end of 2015. The initiative was announced late last year as part of the "Smart Dubai" concept introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. BMW Group was invited to showcase and present the BMW i3 cars at the inauguration.

• The GMC Sierra full-size light-duty pickup ranked highest in its segment in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. The GMC brand gained six spots, moving up to No. 10 overall (in a tie). The 2015 study tracks 2012 model year vehicles in the third year of ownership. Both the Sierra 1500, Yukon and Terrain also achieved the highest score in their segments in the 2014 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. The 2015 Sierra Light Duty body style range includes regular cab and two four-door cabs – the double cab and crew cab, all offered with 2WD & 4WD. Models and trim levels — the standard model, SLE, SLT and Denali (regular cab offered only in standard and SLE trims).

• Innovative design and product planning gave birth to the Qashqai and Juke, two of the biggest automotive success stories in recent years. Now Nissan has applied the same radical thinking to one of the most important sectors of the market: The compact hatchback. Unveiled at the Geneva Show, the Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of compact Nissan models might look if the company's striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback. It is a concept car designed especially to appeal to European tastes: it is seen as emotional, edgy and exciting.


Supercars go under the hammer in RM Sotheby’s auction at Abu Dhabi F1

Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale. (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Supercars go under the hammer in RM Sotheby’s auction at Abu Dhabi F1

  • Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale
  • The auction’s undisputed star lot is a Ferrari F2002

ABU DHABI: During the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is taking place from Nov. 29- Dec. 1, classic car auction company RM Sotheby’s is holding its first-ever auction in the Middle East. Featuring an expertly curated selection of 40 high-performance vehicles, the auction will take place on Nov. 30 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Motorsport enthusiasts can expect to see one of the best hyper-car and supercar lineups ever presented for public sale.

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The auction’s undisputed star lot is a Ferrari F2002. It is estimated to sell for as much as $7.5 million. The reason for its elevated value?  German racing driver Michael Schumacher drove it to victory three times during the 2002 season, helping him to secure his fifth world championship at the French Grand Prix. A portion of the winning bid will also support Schumacher’s Keep Fighting Foundation.

Meanwhile, a rare Mercedes-McLaren collaboration that can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds is also up for grabs. The supercharged AMG V-8, which is one of 75, is estimated to sell for as much as $2.7 million in Abu Dhabi.

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Among the highlights is also one-of-50 example of Maserati’s iconic 21st-century supercar, a 2005 Maserati MC12.

Another eye-catching lot is undoubtedly the 2011 Aston Martin One-77, which is the 38th make out of 77 of the luxury vehicle company’s hypercar. The sparingly-driven super car, which is being auctioned by the original owner Markus Jebsen, founder of Auction4Wildlife, currently boasts under 1,000 km. All proceeds from the sale of the One-77 will go towards African Parks.

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The auction coincides with RM Sotheby’s online-only sale of F1 memorabilia taking place during the end of November to the beginning of December that features more than 100 items ranging from signed racing helmets and gloves to car parts.

Scroll down for the highlights from the show...

2002 Ferrari F2002

German racing driver Michael Schumacher drove this vehicle to victory three times during the 2002 season, helping him to secure his fifth world championship at the 2002 French Grand Prix.

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2011 Aston Martin One-77

The sparingly-driven super car currently boasts under 1,000 km. All proceeds from the sale of the One-77 will go towards African Parks.

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2005 Maserati MC12

Defined by its colossal rear spoiler and removable hardtop, this iconic 21st century sports car is one out of just 50 ever made. 

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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

The car sports an eye-catching and seldom-seen colour combination of Semaphore Yellow over a light beige interior and dark beige soft top.

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1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Introduced in 1990 as the successor to the legendary Countach, the Lamborghini Diablo was the company’s signature 1990s model.

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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

What would result became a true automotive icon of its era. Mercedes-Benz’s 300 SL was the industry benchmark for performance in the 1950s, pioneering a number of cutting-edge technologies.

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