Weekly Wire for July 29: Ecclestone’s Mother-in-Law Kidnapped, Porsche 911 Staying Gas-Powered, and the Corvette Grand Sport is Perfect

A good week for internal-combustion engine fans, a bad week for the Formula One boss.

byThe Drive Staff| PUBLISHED Jul 29, 2016 4:11 PM

This week in the news being covered on the Weekly Wire, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped from her home in Sao Paolo, Brazil, with the kidnappers reportedly requesting £28 million in ransom money. Porsche's 911 product development chief tells the press that, while the carmaker could build a hybrid or electric version of the iconic rear-engined sports car, he doesn't see much of a place for it in the market right now. And chief auto critic Lawrence Ulrich opens up about the near-perfection that is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, the 'Vette combining the Stingray's bourbon-smooth naturally-aspirated V8 with most of the Corvette Z06's aerodynamics and sticky bits.