Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
You might have missed it, but this week is the Chicago Auto Show. There wasn't much news, but something interesting that did come out of it is that . The Abarth will remain with 160 horsepower, but the base cars gain a 1.4 liter turbo engine and get 133 horsepower.
Funnily, the original Abarth in Europe had 133 horsepower, with a special EsseEsse kit bringing it up to 160. That means the base 500 in North America now has as much power as the original Abarth. What a world.
Head protection has been on the mind of F1 and IndyCar since the unfortunate deaths of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson. While F1 has gone for the halo, IndyCar has gone a slightly different direction with the implementation of the screen.
Scott Dixon and seemed to feel pretty positive abut it. It didn't cause distortion as expected and also made the car quieter. One negative? It blocked the air and made the cockpit a lot warmer. Still, a solid first test.
India is one the most rapidly expanding vehicle markets in the world. By 2030, the country expects to only be selling electric cars. But, apparently, it also expects
That means demand for gas will rise until 2030, but once it passes 2030, the rise should slow. Still, interesting to see how a growing population can continue the growth of a technology a country is deeming obsolete in just 12 years.