Back in 2010 Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept to celebrate 75 years of Jaguar. In 2011 a group of engineers from Williams and Jaguar was brought together to transform it into an actual road going car, but not just any road car. On paper the directives to the team seemed ‘quite lofty’ to say the least: “The performance of a Veyron, the range of a Volt and the CO2 of a Prius” had to be achieved to consider the project successful. In a period of roughly 2 years they have reached their target.
Here’s the bullet list for those uninspired by long form writing:
- 1.6-litre dual-boosted (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder engine
- Engine output is 502 bhp at 10,000 rpm —you read right, ten thousand!
- Dual high torque/power density electric motors producing 390 bhp
- 7-speed automated manual transmission —200 millisecond gear changes
- 0-60mph in less than three seconds
- 0-100mph in less than six seconds
- Estimate top speed, a cool 220mph
For those inclined to reading the full Press release:
C-X75 — THE MOST ADVANCED JAGUAR EVER CREATED
When Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 in 2010, it was the beginning of a new chapter in innovation and technological advancement that would see the car evolve from a design concept to a fully working prototype in just two years.
In that incredibly short time span, Jaguar and development partner Williams Advanced Engineering have created an all-wheel drive, plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with the world’s highest specific power engine and Jaguar’s first carbon composite monocoque chassis.
Although the decision was taken in 2012 that as a result of the global economic climate the C-X75 would not enter full production, it was clear that it was a powerful showcase for Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in lightweight vehicle construction and the ideal test-bed for the company’s innovative research into high-performance, low emission powertrains.
The great achievements in the development of C-X75 prototypes, including cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered in association with Williams Advanced Engineering will be utilised in other areas of research and development, innovative future products and next-generation engineering for the Jaguar brand.
“The C-X75 programme represents the pinnacle of Jaguar’s engineering and design expertise. It is arguably the world’s fastest test-bed for the world’s most advanced technologies, combining as it does a remarkable hybrid powertrain with awe-inspiring performance. Jaguar is always looking to shape the cars of tomorrow and with projects like C-X75 we are laying the foundations for the next generation of Jaguar innovations.”— Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar.
Highest power and torque density
The C-X75 has a combined power output in excess of 850bhp and 1000Nm of torque, thanks to its state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired, 1.6-litre dual-boosted (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder powerplant which generates 502 bhp at 10,000 rpm.
It is allied to the highest torque and power density electric motors in production, which generate a further 390 horsepower. The battery pack in the C-X75 is the highest continuously rated power PHEV pack in the world, capable of delivering more than 300kW over the full state of the charge window.
The C-X75 can sprint from 0-100mph in less than six seconds, thanks to its advanced 7-speed automated manual transmission that allows gearshifts in under 200 milliseconds. The very first C-X75 prototype exceeded 200mph in testing with ease, and the car has a theoretical maximum velocity of 220mph.
The car’s deployable aerofoil and underfloor aerodynamics create more than 200kg of downforce at 200mph, and active systems enhance its high-speed stability.
Ultra low emissions and pure electric mode
Thanks to the most extreme PHEV specification of any mobile battery in development, the C-X75 will also run for 60km in pure electric vehicle mode and its CO2 emissions fall below 89g/km.
The C-X75 project allows Jaguar to stake an even stronger claim as the UK’s most significant investor in innovative technology. The results of the C-X75 programme, in particular in advanced powertrain technologies and lightweight composites, demonstrate Jaguar’s technical leadership at the very cutting-edge of automotive development and manufacturing.