Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Supra, Where Are You?
Last night (or this morning, depending on where you live) was the start of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Tokyo show happens once very two years, so Japanese manufacturers don't have many chances to show off to the home market.
This year, all eyes were on Toyota, as it was thought that they'd show a production ready version of the sports car it's developing with BMW. And it's widely expected to bring back the Supra name. Instead, Toyota talked about mobility, and showed a new Century, a van concept, and the hybrid, but FR-S based, GR-HV Concept. And there was no mention of the Supra. You could even hear people on the livestream asking where the Supra was.
It's too bad, but it seems like our next chance to see the Supra will be in Detroit at the Auto Show in January, which is the fourth anniversary of the debut at the FT-1 Concept (pictured above), the car the Supra should look like.
Toyota Will Probably Continue in WEC
Not seeing the Supra was a disappointment, but there was some good news: Toyota is likely to continue running at Le Mans and in the WEC. When Porsche dropped out after Le Mans this year, there was doubt that Toyota would want to continue as the lone manufacturer in LMP1-H. At the Tokyo Motor Show, team boss Shigeki Tomoyama , with a spokesman clarifying that “Toyota is willing to participate in WEC 2018-19, but our commitment will depend on appropriate regulations being confirmed.” We'll have to wait for an official confirmation, but it sounds like it'll happen.
Another Maserati SUV
Maserati wants to sell 80,000 cars per year, but it only has one SUV to offer its buyers. Of course, people want luxury SUVs, and Maserati just has the Levante. In order to meet its goals, Maserati will need to launch another, smaller SUV. Think Porsche Macan-sized.
Sergio Marchionne , but would have a Maserati powertrain. We should see the SUV by 2020.
Nissan Is Running Formula E
The list of manufacturers joining Formula E for the 2018-2019 season keeps growing. when the new chassis and batteries debut. This is actually a trade with Renault, which is leaving Formula E to focus on Formula One.