Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Geely Makes a Bad Decision
Geely has been on a roll lately. The Chinese automaker, which owns Volvo and the London Taxi Company, recently purchased a majority stake in Lotus and turned Volvo's performance division Polestar into a standalone performance car maker. It was all going so well.
But now, , a startup that wants to build flying cars. Yeah. The problem with flying cars thus far is that they don't really exist? Also, every design that has been floated seems like it's work terribly on the road and be worse than a helicopter or plane. It's the worst of both worlds. Terrafugia has sold a few of its $279,000 Transition, a plane with folding wings that can drive legally on roads.
We'll believe that Geely can have success with flying cars when we see them around.
Lexus Is Sticking Around
As , Lexus will be continuing in IMSA with two RC F GT3s in IMSA in 2018 with 3GT Racing. The difference is that the 2018 GTD effort won't be the same factory-backed team that it was in 2017. Like Michael Shank's NSXs, the RC Fs were a factory team for one year only and are expected to be customer teams from here on out.
Continuing the Success
John Force is a legend in drag racing. A 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion, Force has 148 wins and 139 poles from 552 starts. And now his daughter, Brittany, is continuing the family's tradition.
This Sunday, , beating Steve Torrence to the title. Force is the first female to win the Top Fuel title since Shirley Muldowney captured the crown in 1982.
Subscribe to a Cadillac
Since earlier this year, Cadillac has been running a subscription program in New York. Dubbed Book, you pay a subscription fee and then have access to a number of Cadillac vehicles which are delivered to you. You can trade cars whenever and don't have to worry about car ownership.
It must be a success, because the service is . That's good news, because it isn't cheap. There is a one-time $500 fee to join, and after that you pay $1,800 per month to have access to the cars, which include the CTS-V and ATS-V, but can be traded in for an Escalade on a whim.