Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Ferrari's Newey Offer
Adrian Newey is one of the most acclaimed designers in the history of Formula One. Ten cars designed by Newey have won F1 championships, and now he's even working on the Aston Martin Valkyrie road car. But if Luca Di Montezemolo had his way, the Valkyrie might have been a Ferrari.
Apparently, in 2014 with a ridiculous offer. Montezemolo had Newey come to a Tuscan farmhouse where he essentially offered Newey whatever he wanted and then some. Newey said that Ferrari offered to put him in charge of both road and race cars, as well as a salary that was double what he was making with Red Bull. Ultimately, Newey turned the offer down, electing to stay with Red Bull as he had quite a history there and achieved a lot. But what could have been...
Toyota/Mazda Plant in Alabama
It's not official yet, but it seems like the location for Mazda and Toyota's joint plant in the US has been selected. Bloomberg reports that to get the new plant, 4,000 jobs, and the $1.6 billion investment. An official announcement should be made later today.
McLaren's 2018 Change
McLaren had an abysmal 2017 F1 season, so one thing that should hopefully change in 2018 is the team's performance. But it also sounds like the livery will change a lot, too. Speaking to Motorsport, McLaren's Zak Brown believes the changes for the team won't just be in performance,
The livery is apparently not finalized, but will have a nod to the past, which could mean the return of Papaya Orange. There also sounds like there'll be some innovation in the team's garages, though what that is we're not sure.
Geely, the Chinese automaker which owns Volvo, Lotus, the London Taxi Company, Terrafugia, and more, . Profit at Geely increased 100 percent. That's right, it doubled. That means the company made somewhere around $1.5 billion last year. Good stuff. Now just keep those Lotuses coming.