Monday May 9th, 2011 20:29 Jaguar Announce Production of C-X75 Supercar

 

On Friday, Jaguar announced that it would be building a limited run of its Project C-X75 electric supercar. Built in conjunction with the Williams F1 team, the four-wheel-drive C-X75 was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Described as “the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation,” it is being built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Coventry-based manufacturer.

With a chassis made of carbon-fibre, the C-X75′s body will weigh just 1,350kg. That is lighter than a Ford Focus. Jaguar anticipates that the hybrid will produce CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km, making it one of the most efficient supercars in the world. In certain modes, Jaguar claim that the car can emit just 70g/km of CO2. Incorporating a Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS), the C-X75 will be capable of silent electric running with an extensive range in excess of 50km. It will also have a zero emission mode where it can run solely on electric power for around 30 miles.

Whereas the concept car revealed at the 2010 Paris Road Show included jet engines, the production version will instead sport a highly-boosted 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developed by Williams. Williams will also provide assistance with aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. Although there has been no official word on the power output of the Jaguar, it is expected to be in excess of 900bhp.

Aided by its lightweight chassis and ceramic brakes, the Jaguar C-X75 will go from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0-100 in less than six seconds. Its top speed is expected to be in excess of 200mph.

Expected to go on sale some time in 2013, the Jaguar C-X75 should provide stern competition to any Ferrari or Lamborghini, and is likely to cost somewhere between £700,000 and £900,000.

 

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