One of the five ‘Spec­tre’ stunt Jaguars is up for sale

Tillsonburg News - - DRIVING/CLASSIFIEDS - JaMes GeNt

if you missed your op­por­tu­nity to own one of as­ton martin’s 25 goldfin­ger db5s, then Kaaimans in­ter­na­tional in not­ting­hamshire, u.K. may have just handed you a life­line.

it’s a Jaguar C-X75, one — in fact, num­ber one — of only five stunt cars built for the 007 film Spec­tre, and it’s just gone up for sale.

with a 300-pound dave bautista squeezed tightly into the driver’s seat, Jaguar’s mid-size su­per­car made its cin­e­matic de­but in the 24th chap­ter of the of­fi­cial James bond fran­chise.

in it, the C-X75 hunts the mar­tini-drink­ing, femme fa­tale-shag­ging se­cret agent through Vat­i­can City, sur­viv­ing nar­row ital­ian stradas, a flight of stone steps, and even a small in­ferno be­fore 007’s as­ton martin db10 takes a per­ma­nent dip into the tiber river.

Quite how the film crew man­aged to work while, pre­sum­ably, in floods of tears after that de­struc­tive shot, we’ve no idea, and it’s never been fully ex­plained how the seven-foot­tall for­mer wwe Cham­pion was ex­tri­cated from his Jag with­out the Jaws of life.

Still, all seven ex­am­ples of the C-X75 pro­to­types sup­plied to eon pro­duc­tions by Jaguar sur­vived film­ing in­tact, al­beit with con­sid­er­able work done be­neath that gor­geous aero­dy­namic body­work.

un­like the petrol-hy­brid-pow­ered con­cept — de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with wil­liams ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing — the five stunt cars are pow­ered by the same 5.0-litre su­per­charged V8s found in the F-type SVr and the range rover Sport. the eight-speed trans­mis­sion, though, was sim­ply too big to trans­plant, given the mid-en­gine lay­out. So the V8 is con­nected to a se­quen­tial seven-speed gear­box lifted from the mclaren 650S gt3.

power and torque are a mighty 542 horse­power and 502 pound­feet re­spec­tively, although the lat­ter is de­lib­er­ately re­stricted to 350 lb-ft in the first two gears. it turns out even the ne­far­i­ous hinx couldn’t con­trol the snappy rear of the C-X75 pro­to­type.

Jaguar’s car­bon-com­pos­ite mono­coque has also been re­placed with a tubu­lar space frame for added dura­bil­ity, and to en­sure the su­per­car didn’t fold it­self in half gor­ing down those stone stairs, the droopy springs and dampers from a porsche 911 gt3 tar­mac rally car have also been in­cor­po­rated. nei­ther abS nor trac­tion con­trol are part of blofeld’s plan for world dom­i­na­tion ap­par­ently, although a rally-style hy­draulic hand­brake was in­cor­po­rated into each of the five stunt cars.

there is a 007-style con­trol box of switches in the cabin, just above the “1 of 4” com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque in this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple. mileage is a sur­pris­ingly mod­est 500 miles, and if you’re look­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the price, you’ll need more than a walther ppK.

orig­i­nally un­veiled in 2010, the C-X75 con­cept was both a show­case of ian Cal­lum’s flaw­less de­sign di­rec­tion and a cel­e­bra­tion of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary (X stood for experimental), but also made a hefty tech­no­log­i­cal state­ment with its diesel-hy­brid pow­er­train. this would even­tu­ally be re­placed with a turbo and su­per­charged 1.6-l four-cylin­der that, when con­nected with an elec­tric mo­tor on each axle, sent in ex­cess of 800 hp and 1000 nm (738 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels.

a limited 250-unit pro­duc­tion run had been planned, but the plug — quite aptly — was pulled in 2012 when the world­wide eco­nomic down­turn made sell­ing a $1 mil­lion su­per­car rather dif­fi­cult.

Ni­cholas MaroNese

a lexus SuV used in the test­ing of ap­ple’s au­tonomous-car tech­nol­ogy was struck by a nis­san leaf eV in Cal­i­for­nia last month, the col­li­sion mark­ing what’s be­lieved to be the pro­gram’s first crash.

the 2016-model-year rX 450h, ap­par­ently af­fil­i­ated with the tech com­pany’s se­cret project ti­tan self-driv­ing car pro­gram, suf­fered “mod­er­ate” dam­age after it was rear-ended by the hu­man­driven nis­san while merg­ing onto an ex­press­way in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

“the ap­ple test ve­hi­cle was trav­el­ling less than one mph, wait­ing for a safe gap to com­plete the merge when a 2016 nis­san leaf con­tacted the ap­ple test ve­hi­cle at ap­prox­i­mately 15 mph,” the re­port stated.

the col­li­sion re­port did not men­tion if the project ti­tan lexus was in au­tonomous mode or not, and ap­ple has not pub­licly com­mented on the in­ci­dent.

ap­ple may have close to 60 lexus rX SuVs in its experimental self­driv­ing car pro­gram, re­ports Car Con­nec­tion, and ru­mours are the com­pany is part­ner­ing with Volk­swa­gen to fit its au­tonomous hard­ware and soft­ware to that au­tomaker’s ve­hi­cles within the next year.

KaaiMans in­ter­na­tional photo

One of the stunt Jaguar C-X75 supercars used in the pro­duc­tion of the James Bond film Spec­tre.

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