Jaguar UK will showcase the C-X16 vehicle concept at the Clerkenwell Design Week in London from May 22 to 24, 2012, through full-size model sculptures, which will be made by skilled clay modelers. Advanced Design Director Julian Thomson at Jaguar Cars shared that although the company is "one of the most technologically advanced companies in the field of product development," they still "believe in the sense of artistry."
He related that emotional connections are "at the heart" of their automobiles and the conventional traditional procedure of working with clay with "some of the best sculptors in the world" enables the company to "refine them into the purest surfaces." Also to be showcase at the event are three custom sculptures depicting the past, present and future of Jaguar that are based on the bonnets of an E-type, C-X16 and C-X75.
The artwork are commissioned by Julian Thomson and painted by two designers from the Jaguar design team. The 1966 XJ13, the only one in the world, is displayed next to an XKR-S and an XFR. The modern automobiles are designed, built and engineered in the United Kingdom. They feature the very best in British creativity as well as industry-leading engineering. The Jaguar C-X16 clay model, XKR-S, XFR, XJ13 and Jaguar sculptures are viewable in the Farmiloe Building. Log on and register at clerkenwelldesignweek.com for a free entry.
Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars Adrian Hallmark said that the C-X16 gets its inspiration from the athletic qualities and the latest cutting-edge research into future powertrain technologies and then achieves an unmistakable proposition on rational and emotional levels.
The 2010 Jaguar C-X75 supercar idea paved the way for a game-changing approach to performance vehicles with its hybrid powertrain that has now extended its range. Currently the C-X16 embodies a profound research in Jaguar's aim to create sustainable powertrain technologies and eventually manufacture them.
The performance code of the Jaguar stems from the company's Advanced Aluminium Architecture program, which centers on power-to-weight, agility, and sustainability uses. The Limo Green project, organized by the Technology Strategy Board, put together this model-leading construction with an extremely experimental hybrid powertrain that was further improved in the C-X75 concept of supercars.
The next phase is represented in the C-X16 by actual hybrid technologies that improve the driving experience and also the vehicle's environmental credentials.
Jaguar C-X16 Concept signals how the future of Jaguar sports cars will display their power in an manner that's fully aware of its responsibilities to the environment. The concept stands out because of a hybrid powertrain that integrates an all-alloy V6 engine with an electric motor that boosts performance-- all inspired by the Formula One KERS system.
There are three functions of this hybrid-performance system: to compensate the V6 engine's already prodigious power using an on-demand 'Push to Pass' system; to cut down on fuel use; and to make the C-X16 perform as a zero tailpipe-emissions electric car that can run up to 50mph on low throttle openings.