Jaguar will launch its C-X75 concept as an exclusive hybrid supercar, making it the British marque’s most advanced model to date.
Designed to offer performance on par with the fastest production cars while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers notable economy, Jaguar expects it to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to surpass 200 mph.
“People expect Jaguar to be innovators-that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar brand director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better-signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”
The high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial concept design study that made its debut at the 2010 Paris motor show, while fulfilling requirements that allow it to be homologated for road use, according to the company.
“We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, director of design, Jaguar Cars. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
The Jaguar C-X75 will be developed in association with Williams F1, which will provide its engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies.
“Confirmation of this project today signposts Jaguar Land Rover’s continued determination to embrace new technologies,” said Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO. “A supercar like the C-X75 is the logical choice to showcase cutting-edge design, intelligent use of new environmental technologies and motorsport-inspired performance.”
The supercar’s chassis will be made of carbon-fiber , and the car will of course feature innovative hybrid engine and chassis designs.
“The engine’s compact size allows it to be mounted low in the car for optimum weight distribution and to retain the concept’s stunning silhouette. This will make the Jaguar C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of 50 km,” explained Bob Joyce, group engineering director, Jaguar Land Rover.
When the C-X75’s motors and combustion engine combine, it will be one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-3-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed in excess of 200 mph. The performance will be generated alongside low emissions, with a target of less than 99g/km CO2.
“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands,” said Sir Frank Williams, chairman of Williams F1. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”
Only 250 of the vehicles will be built.
“Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle program,” said Carl-Peter Forster, CEO Tata Motors. “This is the Jaguar of the future. The opportunity for innovation like this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar, and it’s fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality.”