THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUPERCAR IN THE WORLD
The conventional supercar concept is under pressure like never before from legislation aimed at maximising fuel economy and minimising pollution. So Jaguar’s engineers aim to create a supercar that trumps its rivals in the performance stakes, but returns the kind of CO2 rating normally associated with frugal city cars.
The C-X75 was revealed as a concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Earlier this year, Jaguar confirmed the C-X75 would
be put into production with a run of 250 striking supercars. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director. “No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation.”
The super-light, super-strong carbon-fibre car will be designed and made in the UK in collaboration with Formula 1 team Williams. It is intended that the C-X75 will hit 60mph in less than three seconds, and 100mph in under six seconds, before reaching a top speed of more than 200mph.
Even more mind-boggling is the plan for the car to be able to drive for more than 30 miles (enough to get across Greater London) on electric power alone. By using the internal combustion engine with the on-board battery pack and electric motors it is envisaged the official EU rating for the car’s CO2 emissions will be less than 99g/km.
The production version of the C-X75 will not use the tiny jet engines featured on the original concept – instead it will use a very powerful, compact petrol engine. Both the front and rear axles of the car will also be fitted with an electric motor, so the C-X75 will have four-wheel drive.
Engineers are fine-tuning the final details of the drivetrain – known as a ‘plug-in’ hybrid – combining a petrol engine and electric motors, with a battery pack large enough to drive the car for a distance on its own. Engineers are also working on a plan that would see the C-X75 operating in three driving modes: electric-only, hybrid mode and high-performance mode, where the drivetrain unleashes its maximum potential.
C-X75 is not just about straight-line performance; its ideal weight distribution will also give it optimum handling. The battery pack will be mounted in the chassis in such a way as to become a positive factor for handling, stabilising the car at higher speeds. Meanwhile, the compact engine will be small enough to be mounted low down in the C-X75’s engine bay and keep weight to an absolute minimum.
The astounding looks of the C-X75 are the final part of the recipe. “We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, director of design, Jaguar. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
The Jaguar C-X75 has been named the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2011 and given the Concept Car of the Year Award in Detroit, an epic win in the spiritual home of America’s car industry.
These honours join a collection including AutoWeek’s coveted ‘Best in Show’ at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and 2010 Louis Vuitton Classic Concept award.
THE STORY OF A PRODUCTION SUPERCAR
The production car should boast a top speed of over 320kph. Only 250 will be built, at an estimated cost of £700,000 to £900,000 depending on local market and taxes.
Super-fine fibres made from pure carbon are woven into fabric sheets that are then carefully impregnated with a resin and baked into shape with a combination of heat and pressure.
The car will have powerful electric motors on the front and rear axles. Smooth electric motors deliver their maximum torque from standstill, offering vivid acceleration.
The battery bonus
The battery pack is intended to power more than 30 miles of emission-free driving. Using the petrol engine and battery pack should achieve CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km.
Jaguar’s design chief Ian Callum has promised the striking lines of the C-X75 concept will be maintained. The car is expected to benefit from Formula 1-derived aerodynamics.
Most of the time C-X75 will be powered by the ‘highly boosted’ petrol engine. It will act as an electricity generator and directly drive the rear wheels when performance is required.