Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
The 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
It was a wild racing weekend for the Tequila Patrón ESM team. Their No. 2 Nissan, driven by Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Olivier Pla broke down on the very first lap with a transmission issue. But on the much brighter side, the No. 22 Nissan of Pipo Derani, Nicholas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek (shown above) took a decisive overall and Prototype victory, crossing the line 12.427 seconds ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac of Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Porsche took victory in GT Le Mans, with the No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR driven by Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki; their teammates in the No. 912 team car took third. In GT Daytona, Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Corey Lewis drove the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to class victory, 8.169 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
Jeep Wrangler's Hole-y Half-Doors Apparently Aren't Happening
When the 2018 Jeep Wrangler made its debut, Jeep showed off some funky-looking half-doors with a hole in the middle of them. Unfortunately for people who like doors that let the weather in, it seems these won't make it to production, . But fear not! Some sort of canvas-window half door will be offered on the new JL-generation Wrangler, with the same shape as the donut door shown here. It just won't have a hole in it.
Mercedes Is Preparing a US Car Subscription Service
Ever anxious to bolster regular car sales with innovative new ways to make money on cars, several automakers are turning to "subscription services," wherein your monthly payment entitles you to any of a variety of that automaker's new cars, allowing you to switch and swap at your leisure. Cadillac offers such a program in the US; now, , Mercedes is thinking of getting in on the game. The automaker has just launched a subscription service in Europe, named Mercedes me Flexperience, wherein customers can drive up to 12 new vehicles per year at a fixed monthly price; subscribers pick one of four segments (A-, C-, E- or S-class), and can swap into a more luxurious class for an additional cost. Regarding the US subscription plan, global head of sales Britta Seeger said "we plan to have something ready within this year."