A Striking And Promising Car That Never Saw The Light Of Day
The original C-X75 concept was launched in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show as a tribute to Jaguar’s 75th anniversary. When it came around, it indisputably and rightly caused a stir as automotive enthusiasts all around the world heralded it as a possible spiritual successor to the XJ220 produced in 1992.
That this was one of the very special cars that would have indeed come to life is not in doubt and it had all the characteristics of greatness. The hybrid supercar based on an aluminium chassis featured micro gas turbines, which generated power for four electric motors with a combined output of 581 kW (780 bhp) and 1600 Nm of torque.
The lack of an internal combustion engine allowed the designers complete freedom in shaping the body of the car, and permitted considerably smaller dimensions than the rest of the flagship supercars. Further developments on the model for production were made in collaboration with the Williams F1 team, adopting a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.
This makes for a more conventional hybrid powertrain consisting of a heavily boosted 1.6-liter engine and two electric motors with a total output in excess of 634 kW (850 hp) of power and 1000 Nm of torque. This resulted in an alleged 0–100 km/h time of less than three seconds and a top speed of 354 km/h (220 mph).
That this car had all characteristics of a successful project is evident from all angles. Jaguar officially abandoned the project in 2012 without much explanation.
Whether they get to revisit in as the EV hype takes charge is yet to be seen.