Insiders revealed that Jaguar is planning feasibility studies for the 780hp mid-engine C-X75. There aren’t many details available on this supercar but AutoWeek states that two production levels are in consideration.
Jaguar is trying to determine whether to produce as many as 2,000 cars a year or up to 1,000 cars a year. These levels have to be studied independently since the demands are different for each.
The higher number requires more automation and higher tooling costs while the lower number needs more hand assembly and lower tooling costs. It will take between five years and seven years to build a production version that’s identical to the gas-turbine powered C-X75.
Jaguar has yet to test the Bladon Jets micro gas turbines at the heart of the hybrid-electric powertrain.
Tony Harper, Jag's head of advanced powertrain, said that it takes two to three years to apply the gas-turbine technology and that it will take three to four years more to integrate it into a vehicle.
India's Tata Motors acquired Jaguar along with Land Rover from Ford Motor Co. in 2008.
The C-X75 concept by Jaguar may not have seen the light of day in terms of serial production, but it did leave behind the memory of its breakthroughs in terms of design and advancements in technology.
C-X75 first appeared in 2010. From then on, observers and car aficionados already pegged the C-X75 as the concept and case study that will usher in a new age of innovativeness in vehicle design.
The concept car was built by Jaguar and Williams Advanced Engineering, and bore testimony to Jaguar’s expertise in creating effectively lightweight vehicles that promise excellent performance. At the same time, the C-X75 bore implementations of Jaguar’s research and development of engines that are eco-friendly but also deliver excellent performance.
Jaguar eventually decided not to put the concept car into production in 2012, but the achievements in the C-X75’s design are sure to make it to the future developments of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. These technological breakthroughs took in the form of new material construction, advancements in design language and technologies for making the hybrid nature of the C-X75 prototype possible.
It had an all-wheel drive system and was powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine’s design took cues from Formula 1-certified power trains, and made use of dual boosters, specifically 1 turbocharger and 1 supercharger.
This design resulted to an impressive 502bhp power rating when running at 10,000 rpm. Being a hybrid, the C-X75 took on a second power source – a plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery pack that can produce power in excess of 300 kW and an additional 390 horsepower, bringing the C-X75’s combined horsepower to 850bhp.
The powertrains were connected to a 7-speed manual transmission with fast-shifting capabilities. Performance was impressive. The C-X75 could accelerate to 100 mph in less than 6 seconds from a standstill. Tests have pegged the car’s possible maximum speed to be at 220 miles per hour.