Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
All-Wheel Drive in 2021?
Every few years, Formula One changes its regulations. The last major change gave us 1.6 liter turbo V6s hybrids in 2014. The next major change is coming in 2021, and we could see F1 go all-wheel drive.
Above: The all-wheel drive Lotus 63 that competed in 1969.
A possible solution for 2021 involves simplifying the engine a bit with more standardized parts while adding regenerative braking and KERS to the front axle, like an LMP1-H race car. It's an interesting debate, with a lot of teams not quite sold on the idea. Motorsport of the idea that you should read.
Minor Miata Updates
Lost in the news from the Tokyo Motor Show were. And . A new package has auburn leather, painted BBS wheels, and a cherry softtop. The RF can be had with a black roof.
As of right now, there is no word if these updates will come to the US-spec Miata.
IndyCar Champ Newgarden Wants to Try F1
Josef Newgarden had a banner year in IndyCar, winning the season title in his first year with Team Penske. Now, Newgarden has his sights set on something even bigger: Formula 1.
"It was a dream of mine when I was younger to do multiple forms of open-wheel racing, IndyCar and Formula 1. If it was something that I could dip my hand into, I would be all for it. If the right opportunity came about and we could make it happen, I'd want to try it,"
It'd have to be soon, if it happens. Newgarden is 26, and F1 doesn't really have older rookies than that.
Nissan Wants Its Cars to Literally Sing
Electric cars can be too quiet, so companies have been finding ways to have the cars make noise to warn pedestrians of their imminent arrival. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan debuted a singing car. Kind of.
The IMx concept plays an electronic melody at low speed that Nissan calls 'canto.' It's actually pleasant sounding? Whoda thunk.