Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Infiniti's Electric Plans
Like Bob Dylan, Infiniti is going electric. But not fully electric. At the Detroit Auto Show, the automaker announced that starting in 2021, the brand would begin to phase out gas engines .
But it also doesn't sound like it'll move that quickly. Infiniti has just introduced the breakthrough variable compression engine, which the company has touted as the future. So, it's likely that the move to electrification will be in phases, with new, all-electric models mixed in with hybrids equipped with the VC-T engine.
McLaren will have in the coming seasons. That's big for a team that hasn't had a title sponsor or even a major partner in quite a few years.
Zak Brown, McLaren's executive director, will be announcing the first partners this month, and that they are the sort of companies that you'd expect McLaren to partner with. He still expects the car to have space for more sponsors, though.
Subaru , an autonomous vehicle testing center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It's a facility that already has investment from companies like Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai. This could be the first sign of Subaru's investment in autonomy.