Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Volkswagen Is Reconsidering Future of Lamborghini and Bugatti
With a need to reduce internal-combustion emissions significantly and develop electric and autonomous cars, the Volkswagen isn’t sure what to do with Lamborghini and Bugatti. A few weeks ago, it was reported that Rimac may acquire Bugatti, and yesterday, Reuters published a report going a little deeper into VW’s supercar problem. Company execs need to decide if it’s worthwhile to develop new EV platforms for the small supercar brands, and there are a number of options on the table, including sales. Ducati is also being looked at through the same lens as Bugatti and Lamborghini. Their fates will be decided in November.
Ford Mustang Mach-E Gets a Price Cut
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E isn’t even in customer hands yet, and it’s already getting a price cut. Automotive News reports that the top-level First Edition and entry-level Select will get a $1000 cut, while the California Route 1 will see a $2000 drop, and the Premium will decrease by $3000. Customers who’ve already placed orders will see the drop when they eventually take delivery. “We’re adjusting Mustang Mach-E pricing to remain fully competitive in a segment that is seeing dynamic price changes,” Ford said in a statement.
2021 IndyCar Schedule Sees Some Key Changes
Over at Racer, veteran IndyCar reporter Robin Miller has a preview of the 2021 IndyCar calendar, and some important changes will take place. Most notably, the series’ visit to Texas will be a doubleheader held on the first weekend in May, while returns to Richmond and Iowa seem to be off the table. That leaves only three ovals on the calendar, with Texas, Gateway, and of course, the Indy 500. Miller also reports that the series won’t return to Circuit of the Americas, owing to the financial difficulties the track is facing, and a planned NASCAR Cup Series round there next year.