Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
F1's new halo for head protection has been a major talking point for the entire preseason, but mainly for negative reasons. Drivers have been complaining about possible visibility problems, how it looks, how it's harder to get in and out of the cars, and engineers have been talking about how hard it is to integrate.
Jean Todt, the FIA's president, . Mainly because he says the drivers were clamoring for head protection since the end of 2015. Now they have it and the implementation is unacceptable. The appearance might not be all that great, but if something were to happen and the halo protected a driver, then who cares how it looks?
It's about to become harder to identify what a Buick is. Starting in 2019, Buick will be taking its own of its cars. Not because people don't like the Buick name, but because there is high recognition in the company's shield logo. It also allows them to add other badging, like for its new Avenir sub-brand.
The first Buick-less Buick will be the 2019 Envision.
Real Time's New Ride
Peter Cunningham's Real Time Racing has been running Hondas in American sportscar racing for the last 32 years. Recently, its been competing in the top class of Pirelli World Challenge with the TLX GT and NSX GT3, but this season will see a change: Real Time is stepping down to the touring car class
The team hopes to have two or three drivers running the TCR car and is also hoping to have a privateer effort with an NSX GT3 in the GT class.