Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
What started with the 918 plug-in hybrid supercar is now extending to full-electric Porsches. The Mission E electric sedan is set to go into production in 2019 as the brand's first fully electric vehicle. It should be followed by a production version of the Mission E Cross Concept that was shown at Geneva, which seemed like Porsche's take on an electric performance Subaru Outback.
The brand expects that will be hybrids or battery electrics. That doesn't sound crazy on the surface, but this is Porsche, a brand known for the internal combustion engine. It's just another sign of the huge shift that is taking place in the automotive industry.
FIA Clamps Down
Over the past few seasons, F1 teams have been using a loophole in the rules to have engines burn oil to make extra power. The FIA knows about this and is now , saying that just 0.6 liters per 100 km is acceptable for a car to burn and banning additives that could speed combustion.
But Red Bull's Christian Horner is concerned that teams will still find a way to exploit this in qualifying, though the FIA believes these rules will make it harder for teams to do it. Then again, if anyone can exploit rules, it's F1 technical directors.
Were you hoping for an exciting New York Auto Show in a couple weeks? Well, we're sorry to inform you that it seems it'll be all crossovers all the time.
Subaru, Toyota, Lincoln, and others will only be showing new crossovers while Nissan will have the new Altima. There might be a surprise or two, but I just thought you all would like to know.