Jaguar to put the C-X75 hybrid supercar into limited production in 2014
Jaguar and Land Rover seem adept at putting concept cars to production with minimal changes to what was first showcased as a concept. The range Rover Evoque and the upcoming Jaguar F-Type spostscars are prime examples of this. Now, British sports and luxury car marquee Jaguar, is all set to get into the act again, time time around with the C-X75 hybrid supercar that seems like Jaguar’s answer to the mighty Porsche 918 Spyder. The Jaguar C-X75 will hit the production floor in 2014, and only 200 such examples will be built, guaranteeing exclusivity.
The C-X75 supercar with its low slung and arresting looks takes inspiration from the 1966 XJ13 Le Mans prototype, and the results are for all to see. Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum has been the main force behind the styling of this car, and the car’s proportions are a delectable blend of curves and creases for that perfect silhoeutte that is aerodynamic too. The Jaguar C-X75 will use both internal combustion and electric power for some scintillating accelration right off idle, with bagfuls of torque being delivered by the electric motors right from word go.
F1 team Williams will be incharge of developing the 1.6 Liter, four cylinder petrol engine that will use both a turbocharger and a supercharger while revving all the way to 10,000 rpm. The supercharger will kick in at 5,000 rpm while the turbocharger will produce its boost at the higher end of the rev range to deliver a rush of power at the top of the spectrum. The low end will be together taken care of, by the high torque electric motors and the petrol motor. Power and torque transmission to all four wheels will be a 7 speed semi-automatic gearbox that is more compact and lighter than dual clutch units.
While the front wheels will be mostly driven by electric motors, the rear wheels will get a combination of electric and turbo petrol power. With a total power output of about 500 Bhp, powering an ultra light monocoque body built completely out of carbon fiber, the car will hurtle to 100 Kph in under 3 seconds with the 160 Kph mark whizzing by in a blinding 6 seconds. Top speed is expected to be in excess of 300 Kph. Despite F1 car like performance, the C-X75 will be reasonably frugal and low emitting, what with the electric motors complementing the high strung, exotic petrol motor. The C-X75 is Jaguar’s answer to the likes of the nex generation Ferrari Enzo, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Mclaren P11 hybrid supercars.