Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Why a New F-150 Is Such a Big Deal
Tomorrow, Ford will pull the wraps off the 2021 F-150, the first major redesign of the pickup since it first went all-aluminum in 2014. It’s a huge deal. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford F-Series sales generated $42 billion in revenue last year, second to only Apple’s iPhone, which generated $55 billion. The F-Series made more revenue than the MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA combined. And the F-150 is the most important truck in the F-Series lineup. So you can see why Ford can’t afford to screw up the F-150.
Since the launch of the current generation F-150, GM and RAM have both debuted all-new competitors, but none could take the sales crown from Ford. And this new-generation F-150 will see the introduction of hybrid and all-electric powertrains, broadening its appeal further.
Maserati Developing New Twin-Turbo V-6
For years, Maserati’s top models have been powered by Ferrari-built V-8s, but soon, Maser will strike out alone. Automotive News Europe reports that a new in-house developed twin-turbo V-6 will replace the V-8 at Maserati. The new six will debut in the mid-engine MC20, where it’ll make 542 horsepower, and eventually find a home in a sub-Levante SUV where it’ll make 523 horsepower. The engine will be electrified in some capacity, boosting output to 572 horsepower.
Sebastien Vettel Wants to Race at Mugello
Italy’s Mugello Circuit has been floated to hold a Formula 1 race this year, as the series looks to hold more events in Europe to make up for a delayed start and travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Yesterday, Ferrari—which owns Mugello—held a test at the track in preparation for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, and the track got great reviews. “It was great to once again get those feelings from a car and to do so at such a spectacular track. I really think Mugello deserves to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix,” Sebastien Vettel said. We agree.
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