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Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar
Offers a Look Into the Future of Car-Making
Jaguar unveiled a luxurious hybrid super-vehicle at the Paris Auto Show 2010 that is powered by four 195-horsepower electric motors (one at each wheel) coupled with two 80,000-rpm gasoline turbines situated under the vehicle’s rear lid. The “twin-turbine-equipped, electrically powered, four-wheel-drive vehicle” is capable of blazing speeds of up to 205 mph, but there’s just one drawback — the C-X75 is a concept car, and as such, no-one will be able to buy it in the near future.
Resembling the love child of a sports car and a fighter jet, the Jaguar C-X75 is certainly an eye-catching vehicle. The car is able to produce 780 hp and 1180 lb-ft of torque, and it’s equipped with a 19-kWH, 330-pound lithium-ion battery pack that can provide enough power for up to 68 miles of driving. When combined with the two micro gas-turbines (spinning at 80,000 rpm), enough power can be generated to power the car for 560 miles (900 kilometres), creating just 28 grams of CO2 per kilometer. For the motorheads among you, the car can also reach 62 mph in 3.4 seconds — not bad for a hybrid car.
Jaguar is known for its luxury vehicles, and with such an impressive design, one can only assume that this concept car would cost an astronomical amount — however that does not stop us from admiring it from afar, especially when the driver can interface with the car via high-resolution TFT screens. I mean, just look at all that shiny chrome and leather…. it’s so pretty.
Speaking about the C-X75 in a statement, Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars said, “The C-X75 is a tribute to the people who shaped the iconic Jaguars that are revered to this day. By making it an innovative test-bed for the technologies of tomorrow, it also ensures that our reputation for engineering excellence will continue for another 75 years and beyond.”
Though forward-thinking, some aspects of the Jaguar C-X75 are undeniably heritage-based touches. Firstly, the headlamp lens design screams the spirit of the C-Type and D-Type race cars while the same case can be made for the front fender flares. Hints to Jaguar’s XJ220 supercar are explicitly-telegraphed through the body lines of the C-X75 relating to the British company’s last great supercar.
As the interior casts a very luminescent entry thanks to the reflective surfaces and large windshield, the C-X75 is a clean, no nonsense design. The Jaguar C-X75’s steering wheel, instruments and pedals all place the driver in firm control of the vehicle. Speaking about firm, the two seats inside the C-X75 are fixed in position like a race car. High-resolution touch-screens provides the drive with all the interaction needed with the concept supercar which includes the center console-based Jaguar Co-Pilot display.
Also unlike the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid design which uses a gasoline internal combustion engine supplying standard mechanical movement to a vehicle, Jaguar’s C-X75 converts the energy of gasoline into electricity to thereby replenish the battery pack. Similar to the working of modern diesel-electric locomotives, the Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept essentially remains an all-electric vehicle as two small gas-powered turbines generate 140 kilowatts. A 60 liter (15.85 gallon) fuel tank carries the gas for the range extender turbines. Doing the math, the total distance the Jaguar C-X75 estimated fuel economy translates to around 41.1 miles per gallon.
Amounting to less than 3,000 pounds, the small aluminum supercar and 778 horsepower has a date with some stellar on-track performance numbers. Accelerating from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds and hustling through the quarter-mile in a shocking 10.3 seconds, the Jaguar C-X75’s electric propulsion goes on to push to a 205 miles per hour top speed.
Like every concept car brought to the reality of an auto show floor, we remain uncertain how much the Jaguar C-X75 is casting a light to the possible future of road-going vehicles.