A Villainous Brit
MApparently, it’s good to be bad. So says Jaguar, and the marque’s tagline has never been more apt – with Spectre villain/henchman Mr Hinx behind the wheel of the bonkers C-X75. Where once Bond villains were lumped with a van (hello, Jaws) – OK, Goldfnger did drive a 1937 Rolls-royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville – things are clearly on the up, with Jag’s new Bond association. Often described as a science project on wheels, fve C-X75S were built for the flm by the Williams F1 racing team, at no doubt great expense. The ridiculously spacecraft-like, moneycan’t-buy supercar actually debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show – powered by jet turbines instead of an engine. Then a year later, Jaguar and Williams announced plans to produce 250 of the allcarbon-fbre beasts, at about $1.5m each – before realising they’d gone mad and reassessed. The project – coined to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th anniversary – is now one of continuous development, with C-X75 a rolling testbed for future tech (and 007 movies). The micro-gas jet turbines (Jaguar still believes they’re a realistic future form of propulsion) were eventually ditched for a hybrid with a 1.6-litre engine and some powerful electric motors. Such an option was considered emasculating for a Bond villian, so, supposedly, flmmakers wedged a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under the sleek bonnet. Jaguars have, in fact, appeared in all Daniel Craig Bond flms (remember Casino Royale’s leaky-eyed Le Chiffre in an XJ8). And before that, a Jaguar XJR equipped with rocket launchers in the doors, machine guns in the front grille and mortars in the boot did some spectacular ice dancing with Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day. Rumour has it Jaguar paid the Bond franchise a wad of extra cash to ensure no C-X75S crashed or exploded in Spectre, but when we enquired about such a thing, a Jag spokesman started talking into his watch and then disappeared in a cloud of smoke.
Supercharged and turbocharged engine mated with two highly-powerful electric motors. 633kw+ at 10,000rpm, plus 1000Nm. 0-100km/h: 2.8s