MCG Executive Briefing for May 15, 2017

A 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe raced by Briggs Cunningham at Le Mans will be offered at the 2017 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction on August 18. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing. 



Today’s headlines:

+   Chinese start-up carmaker NIO says its electric EP9 hypercar ran a lap of 6:45.9 at the Nürburgring, breaking the current production car lap record by 6.11 seconds. More at Motor Trend. 

+   The National Labor Relations Board has filed another unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant for punishing employees who voted for union representation. More at WMC Action News 5. 

+   Demand for gasoline in Asia may peak much earlier than expected as millions of people in China and India buy electric vehicles over the next decade, analysts report. More at Reuters. 

+   Aric Almirola was released from the hospital after suffering a compression fracture in his back in a violent multi-car crash Saturday at Kansas Speedway. More at ESPN.

+   Renault plans to resume normal production today after operations were shut down following a global cyberattack that struck the company’s plants across Europe. More at Automotive News Europe. 

+   Allegations that Uber has been using self-driving car technology stolen from Google has been referred by a federal judge to the U.S. attorney’s office for a potential criminal investigation. More at The Detroit News.

+   The roadworthy track-day car currently in development by race car constructor Dallara has been spotted in camouflage in Germany while undergoing highway testing. More at Automobile.

+   An ex-Team Cunningham Jaguar E-Type Lightweight will be among the headline consignments at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction during Monterey Classic Car Week. More at Sports Car Digest. 

+   The Force India Formula1 team was handed a suspended fine of $27,000 when FIA stewards deemed that its car numbers failed to meet regulations. More at 

+   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall more than one million Ram pickups from the 2013 through 2016 model years to correct a software defect in their passenger restraint systems. More at MLive. 

Review the previous Executive Briefing from May 12 here

Photo by Pawel Litwinski courtesy of Bonhams. 

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  1. It’s fun to see an electric vehicle maker stunt the Nurburgring PR contest, which is a stunt in itself, of course.

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