Jaguar C-X75 Concept tipped for production

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 7, 2010

Sources revealed Jaguar’s plan to conduct production feasibility studies of as many as 2,000 cars annually for its new 780bhp C-X75 supercar. Jag has yet to confirm production plans for the mid-engined C-X75 but these sources told Autocar that two levels of production are being considered – the higher one for up to 2,000 cars a year and the lower one up to 1,000 cars a year.

Each level would have to be studied independently since they require various production methods. In particular, the lower number needs more hand assembly and lower tooling costs while the higher one requires more automation, but higher tooling costs.

A production version equipped with the gas turbine-powered C-X75 will need to wait between five-and-seven years while Jaguar proves and produces the Bladon Jets micro gas-turbines at the heart of the hybrid-electric powertrain.

Jag’s head of advanced powertrain Tony Harper estimates that implementation of the gas turbine technology will take about two to three years and integrating it into the vehicle will take about three to four years more.

Developing the gas turbines for production costs significantly less than an equivalent IC engine, which could use up “tens of millions.”

Harper said that he is confident that the gas turbines can be designed and proven to meet rigorous car industry reliability and endurance standards. He explained that with the gas turbines, there isn’t much that could go wrong since there are about “100 times fewer parts in a gas turbine than an IC engine.” [via autocar]

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