Back in 2010, when Jaguar revealed the C-X75 Concept, the world saw the first hybrid supercar but due to financial problem the British manufacturer now owned by Tata Motors had to drop the project. Jaguar was not so lucky as Ferrari and McLaren, who revealed the LaFerrari and P1 hybrid supercars.
For those who don’t know, the Jaguar C-X75 Prototype uses a Formula 1-inspired, 1.6-litre dual-boosted (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder powerplant that generates 502 bhp @ 10,000 rpm. Thanks to the electric motors that generatea further 390 hp, the Jaguar C-X75 has a combined power output of in excess of 850bhp and 1000Nm of torque.
As expected, the C-X75 features a battery pack which is the highest continuously rated power PHEV pack in the world, capable of delivering more than 300kW over the full state of the charge window. Using an advanced 7-speed automated manual transmission that allows gearshifts in under 200 milliseconds the supercar zooms from 0 to 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than six seconds, all the way to a top speed of 220 mph or 354 km/h.
The car's deployable aerofoil and underfloor aerodynamics create more than 200kg of downforce at 200mph, and active systems enhance its high-speed stability. Using just the electric energy from the battery pack, the C-X75 acts like an EV for 60 km. Moreover, CO2 emissions fall below 89 g/km.
Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar Cars, quipped that the new C-X75 is everything that a Jaguar should be. He remarked that the new Jaguar C-X75 Concept has blended remarkable poise and grace with the potency of a true supercar. He added that the new C-X75 could be considered as a true tribute to 75 years of iconic Jaguar design, noting that the new car is the closest thing to a pure art form among concepts.
Julian Thomson, Assistant Design Director and head of the Jaguar Advanced Design Studio, remarked that the new C-X75 – wrapped in Jetstream Silver -- has the same appeal to emotions as classic Jaguars like the D-Type and XJ13 racers. This is thanks to its elegant proportions, dynamic stance and sculpted lines.
True enough, the Jaguar C-X75 Concept has adopted the elegant appearance as well as the engineering purity of previous classic cars. However, Jaguar created the new C-X75 to provide a glimpse of the future of luxury carmakers. The new Jaguar C-X75 Concept has demonstrated that retaining core brand values is achievable even in zero-emission driving. It has also showed that range-extending technologies could make electric vehicles more practical.
Jaguar designed the new concept as shorter, slimmer and lower than existing supercars. The carmaker hopes to convey the concept’s pure performance through its central fuselage that is surrounded by prominent wheelarches. Since the C-X75 Concept features no conventional engine, its engineers had the utmost liberty as to where place its mechanical parts, thereby allowing them to come up with the most elegant engineering package there is.
This also allowed designers to endow the C-X75 Concept with perfect proportions and an exceptional sense of balance, with its compact cabin located midway in between its wheel arches. Additionally, the car’s lines help suggest a sense of movement, even if it is on a standstill.