The factory where the gas turbines for the Jaguar C-X75 supercar will be produced has been formally opened by Tata Motors, the parent company of Jaguar. Around 15 people will be employed at the Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry where the equipment for the production of micro gas turbines would be stored.
The automaker has a patent for these turbines. Each of the 95bhp turbines weighs 35kg. They also have fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine. They don’t require oil lubrication or water cooling, providing packaging and weight benefits.
These turbines are partnered with four independent electric motors at each wheel in the C-X75, which could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 3.4sec, offering a range of 560 miles, and CO2 emissions of just 28g/km of CO2.
Tata owns a stake in Bladon but only five C-X75s will get the turbines. Instead, most of the cars (which are expected to arrive in 2015 at the earliest) will get a four-cylinder turbo engine that Formula One team Williams had developed.
Compared to many of the supercars in the market, the Jaguar C-X75 Concept has a shorter length, smaller width, and lower height. The exterior though has been designed in a manner that makes it all about pure performance. This is made possible by having a central fuselage bounded with the more pronounced wheel arches.
Since it does not use the standard piston engine, the design team had the freedom to put in various mechanical components resulting in what may be the most elegant engineering package there is. Aside from having excellent proportions, by having the compact cabin positioned in the middle of the wheel arches, the C-X75 Concept is able to offer an outstanding sense of balance.
All of the lines placed are not only agile but are done so with a purpose as it gives a sense of poise and movement. However, the C-X75 Concept does not only utilize the elegant design of the classic models as these vehicles have been known as well for their engineering purity. With this in mind, the brand made sure that when it developed the C-X75 Concept, it would show what direction Jaguar will be going moving forward.
Particularly, this concept versions shows that a model can continue to have the core values a brand is known for but at the same time deliver zero emission. Jaguar also hopes that by putting in range-extending technologies, consumers will finally see that electric vehicles are indeed practical as a choice. For the company, the C-X75 Concept is what a Jaguar is expected to be.
This statement was given by Jaguar Cars Design Director Ian Callum. Not only does it have the grace and poise one would want from a supercar but it will also have the excitement and the possibilities that come with it, he added. Callum continued by saying that this model is as close to the purest art form that a concept car can be and it serves as the perfect tribute to the 75 years of the brand’s iconic design.
Combining a powerful stance with sculpted lines and beautiful proportions, the C-X75 Concept is finished in Jetstream Silver. This is why, according to Assistant Design Director Julian Thomson, who also heads the Jaguar Advanced Design Studio, the concept car offers the same emotional connection as the XJ13 and the D-Type racers.