Jaguar to build C-X75 petrol-electric hybrid supercarMay 6, 2011
Jaguar has confirmed that it will make its C-X75 petrol-electric hybrid concept, and the 200 mph car will emit less than 99 g/km CO2.
Although the concept car used gas turbines, the production model will feature a downsized highly boosted petrol engine with two powerful electric motors and four-wheel-drive.
It will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0-100 mph in less than 6 seconds, together with all-electric running range in excess of 50 km. Only 250 will be built, with prices from £700,000.
The Jaguar C-X75 will be developed in association with Williams F1 who will provide their engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. Jaguar Land Rover and Williams will collaborate for the first time and the production of the Jaguar C-X75 will create more than one hundred highly-skilled jobs in the UK.
There will be a direct technology transfer between motorsport and road-going production cars; the supercar’s chassis will be made of carbon-fibre to create an incredibly lightweight, yet rigidly strong structure.
Aiding the transition from concept to production vehicle is the choice of powertrain. Jaguar continues to develop the use of the micro-turbine technology that was showcased in the original concept C-X75. Jaguar’s parent company Tata has taken a significant stake in Bladon Jets, and will develop this very advanced technology as a medium-term aspiration that will play a part in Jaguars of the future.
To bring Project C-X75 to showroom reality within the timescales of a conventional model programme, an equally innovative powertrain had to be developed. The road-going supercar will use a state-of-the-art, small-capacity, highly-boosted internal combustion engine with one powerful electric motor at each axle.
“The engine’s compact size allows it to be mounted low in the car for optimum weight distribution and to retain the concept’s stunning silhouette. This will make the Jaguar C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of 50 km”, explained Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover.
When the C-X75’s motors and combustion engine combine, it will be one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-three second 0-60 mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph. Crucially, this performance will be generated alongside incredibly low emissions, with a target of less than 99 g/km CO2, thanks to Project C-X75’s lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology.
Williams F1 has been at the forefront of motorsport engineering for three decades. The project engagement on Jaguar C-X75 is testament to the team’s ambitions and will bring together two leading lights of the UK motoring industry.
“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands,” said Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”
The Jaguar C-X75 will redefine the customer experience, and will set new standards in sales and after-sales services that will be recreated across the range in the future. Only 250 examples will be built, each costing between £700,000 – £900,000 depending on market and local taxes.
“Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle programme,” said Carl-Peter Forster, CEO Tata Motors. “This is the Jaguar of the future. The opportunity for innovation like this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar, and it’s fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality.”
Jaguar is taking expressions of interest via its website www.jaguar.com