The C-X75 is a concept car created by Jaguar, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and until recently, Jaguar has plans to put this car into a limited production run between 2013 – 2015 and with a possible price of $1.15 – $1.48 million USD. A planed number of 250 cars will be made in partnership with Formula One team, Williams F1.
Instead of the diesel-powered micro-turbines that were in the concept, the production model will have a downsized highly-boosted petrol engine with one electric motor at each axle. The entire body of the car will be made out of carbon fiber, to keep the weight down and the engines will be mounted low in the car to optimize weight distribution and to retain the concept’s silhouette. The production version is expected to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 99 g/km, 0-60 mph run will be under the three second mark, the top speed will exceed 200 mph, and a reduced all-electric range of 31 mi, instead of the range of 68 mi in the concept car.
No information has been released about the production model’s engine, but the engines in the concept are four electric motors, one for each wheel, each produces 194 hp but together, produces 780 hp and a total torque output of 1,180 ft·lbf. The advance drivetrain has the ability to independently vector torque to each wheel across the full speed range.
The C-X75 will be Jaguars next supercar, but how does it compare to it’s predecessor, the XJ220? The XJ220 was Jaguar’s last supercar that went into production, where only 281 examples were produced back in 1992 through 1994. The XJ220 was a successor to the very rare XJR-15, where only 50 examples of that car were made back in 1990 through 1992. The XJ220 was made in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing as Jaguar Sport. Another note about the XJ220 is that it was made to compete for Group B Rally racing, with plans to give the car four-wheel-drive, but these ideas were dropped along with the V12 engine.
Comparing the two cars, the XJ220, to it’s successor, the C-X75, isn’t as crazy as it sounds, as both cars have a similar appearance, as if Jaguar originally made the C-X75 Concept to appear as a modern-day version of the XJ220, both cars were made to be as light as possible, because when the XJ220 concept was made, it had a big and heavy V12 engine, when it went into production, the V12 was dropped and replaced with a twin-turbo charged V6, which made the car over 400 lbs lighter (The XJ220 concept weighted 3,439 lbs and the production model weighted 3,025 lbs).
Another key feature of both cars isn’t only the lightness, but their aerodynamics, with the center of gravity being extremely low, the idea of placing the engines very low in the cars, means that the car could also be very low to the ground, the designs of the two cars, of being low, wide, and long, all played a role in giving the car such results. The chassis was made to be very stiff with the shell being as smooth and sleek as possible, which was also good for cornering, made the car very stable and planted with much grip to the road .
In 1992, the XJ220 officially broke the land speed record for a production car at the time of 213 mph, though Jaguar later was able to push the XJ220 to 223 mph, with removing the rev limiter and catalytic converters, but no official record has been made and the car was no longer street legal with it’s modifications it had done. The C-X75 could be one of the fastest cars ever made, albeit fastest Hybrid ever produced, also, it will be Jaguar’s fastest car they ever produced.