Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from Quartz, NYC Aviation, and Racer.

The mysterious story of the battery startup that promised GM a 200-mile electric car — Quartz

Truly great read. A must read even.

At the end of November 2012, Atul Kapadia and Sujeet Kumar hosted the staff of their startup company for a holiday lunch of Mexican food at a Palo Alto, California restaurant. For days, the pair—the CEO and CTO, respectively, of a lithium-ion battery company called Envia Systems—had awaited an email from General Motors.

The American/US Airways Merger: The View from 35,000 Feet— NYC Aviation


Inside look from the best in the business.

Now that the merger between American Airlines and US Airways has closed, we'll take a look at how this newly formed mega-carrier will operate, specifically, from the pilot's point of view.

Major IndyCar chassis updates, safety improvements coming in 2014— Racer


IndyCar has made a ton of safety improvements over the last few years. They're about to make some more.

Citing a pair of accidents that involved side cockpit intrusions, the IndyCar Series and chassis supplier Dallara have decided to make significant, paddock-wide updates to the spec DW12 Safety Cell.