Jaguar C-X16 teased ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 14, 2011

It’s not a secret that unveil will unveil a smaller sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but today the new car dubbed C-X16 was officially confirmed by the British manufacturer. The Jaguar C-X16 production concept will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13 and according to the manufacturer the vehicle was designed by the same team that produced the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK, headed of course by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum.

Moreover, the jaguar C-X16 promises to set a new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology. As the concept neared completion Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars commented: 'Great Jaguars have always been beautiful, innovative and have looked firmly to the future. The finished C-X16 concept has the potential to do these things while retaining the ability to surprise, to excite and invigorate.'

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars commented: 'Jaguar has set in place bold, ambitious plans for the future. This production concept demonstrates the depth of design and engineering ability we have within Jaguar to make these plans come to life – I look forward to sharing this latest, exciting step at the Frankfurt Motor Show.'

The 2010 Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept ushered in a game-changing performance car due to its range-extending hybrid powertrain. Now, the Jaguar C-X16 is the product of more research that underlines the carmaker’s mission to create, develop and eventually produce sustainable powertrain technologies.

Jaguar Cars global brand director Adrian Hallmark says that the C-X16 is inspired by the British carmaker’s cutting edge research into powertrain technologies and the brand’s sporting characteristics. This results in an alluring proposition that works on both reason and emotion.

Jaguar’s performance mentality takes its roots in the carmaker’s Advanced Aluminium Architecture programme that focuses on power-to-weight, sustainability and agility. The Limo Green project, which was a partnership between the carmaker and the Technology Strategy Board, combined this class-leading construction and an experimental hybrid powertrain. That powertrain was then further developed for the C-X75 supercar concept.

The C-X16 brings the concept into reality using real-world hybrid technologies that improve the driving experience and the car’s environmental friendliness.

The transmission

The Jaguar C-X16 Concept signals how succeeding Jaguar sports cars will be powerful yet eco friendly. It is powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses an all-alloy V6 engine and a high performing electric motor that takes its cue from the Formula One KERS system.

The three main aims of this hybrid-performance system are:

- to add to the V6 engine's power using the 'Push to Pass' system;

- to lessen fuel consumption; and

- to give way to zero tailpipe-emissions, speeds of not more than 50 miles per hour at low throttle.

Intelligent stop/start

All of this starts with Jaguar's eight-speed transmission that features the Intelligent stop/start function that was recently introduced in the XF sports saloon. Intelligent stop/start can shut down the engine in a fraction of a second, or about 300 milliseconds after your car comes to rest. It uses a Twin Solenoid Starter that enables it to restart when the driver takes his foot off the brake and steps on the accelerator. What this means is that the engine has a faster recovery and flawless performance that surpass the capabilities of competing cars currently in production. The Jaguar C-X16 Concept is the first to use the intelligent stop/start with a supercharged engine.

Aside from the stop/start functionality, you also have a transmission-integrated motor generator together with the gearbox. This motor gets its power from the 1.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack that you find mounted behind the seats. That means that the weight for these added components is distributed optimally across the car.

Jaguar also uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, like what you typically see in the motorsport world. The battery pack is charged through an electro-hydraulic brake energy regeneration system that you find in the rear axle.

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