Jaguar Will Build 200 mph C-X75 Battery Supercar
Jaguar C-X75Bowing to strong public pressure, Jaguar has announced plans to put the well-received C-X75 supercar into production.
The striking two-seater will use an extended-range electric drive system capable of running entirely on batteries – yet also able to launch from zero to 60 in less than 3 seconds and reach speeds in excess of 200 mph. But the maker has opted to go for a relatively conventional gasoline “extender” engine, rather than the futuristic twin turbine system that drove the original C-X75 concept vehicle.
“People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director, who only last month told TheDetroitBureau.com that the British maker was hesitant to make the investment in a new supercar while it was pushing to launch more mainstream products such as a new entry-level luxury car to replace its old X-Type.
But it appears Jaguar simply was overwhelmed by public reaction to the concept, first shown at last autumn’s Paris Motor Show.
“The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car,” said Hallmark. “We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”
With the approval of the new supercar project, Jaguar and sibling brand Land Rover will now have 41 “major” projects on the books, including all-new models – including the small car and a new Jaguar crossover – product variants and powertrain and other high-technology efforts.
To ease the engineering strain, Jag is partnering on the C-X75 with racing team Williams F1, which will lend its abilities in carbon fibre, aerodynamics and hybrid projects.
“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,” said Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1.
How close the final production car resembles the concept vehicle remains to be seen. In terms of basic specifics, however, Jaguar is aiming to match the outline it presented in Paris, which means the ability to run up to around 30 miles on pure battery power, while offering enough power in reserve to propel the C-X75 to a top speed “in excess of” 200 mph. The maker is promising “sub-three-second” zero to 60 times, and zero to 100 mph in 6 seconds.