Elec­tri­fy­ing Cat

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CRE­ATED as a head-nod to the 75th an­niver­sary of Jaguar’s ex­is­tence, the C-X75 is a mas­ter­piece of de­sign by Jaguar’s styling supremo Ian Cal­lum.

He is re­spon­si­ble for the strik­ingly hand­some new Jag XJ and the equally at­trac­tive Jaguar XK sports coupe.

But this con­cept is some­thing else again be­cause, sleek lines aside, it takes a new path to su­per car per­for­mance.

In short, C-X75 has two mi­cro gas tur­bine en­gines gen­er­at­ing 70kW each pro­vid­ing elec­tri­cal power to then drive four elec­tric mo­tors rated at 145kW apiece that are mounted ad­ja­cent to each wheel giv­ing true all-wheel drive.

They are good enough to push the low slung sports coupe from 0-100km/h in about 3.4 sec­onds and to a tested 330km/h top speed at Jag’s UK test track.

The gas tur­bines weigh 35kg each and spin con­tin­u­ally at 80,000 revs.

In ad­di­tion to gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity, the tur­bines also pro­vide sup­ple­men­tary power to the wheels.

To­tal power out­put is an as­ton­ish­ing 580kW, max­i­mum torque is 1600Nm.

It’s a gen­uine su­per car made al­most en­tirely of alu­minium to save weight and op­ti­mise per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy.

The C-X75 has a range of up to 900km, 70km of which pro­duce zero emis­sions when the car is run­ning solely on bat­tery power from its light­weight lithium ion power pack.

Plug in recharg­ing also is avail­able for fur­ther emis­sions re­duc­tions.

No other car­maker has any­thing re­motely sim­i­lar on its books – a fact that un­der­lines Jaguar’s new po­si­tion at the top of the per­for­mance “eco-car” tree.

Jaguar de­vel­oped the C-X75’s power train with UK govern­ment as­sis­tance through the Tech­ni­cal Strat­egy Board and in com­pany with a num­ber of other Bri­tish com­pa­nies.

The TSB is a pub­lic body that brings to­gether busi­nesses in a range of pro­grams to drive in­no­va­tion with an em­pha­sis on sus­tain­abil­ity.

One of the main part­ners in the C-X75 project was Bladon Jets which makes the gas tur­bines. The technology used to pro­pel this new Jaguar con­cept car was orig­i­nally de­signed for aero­nau­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

Jaguar’s Browns Lane fac­tory near Coven­try is only a short dis­tance from where Sir Frank Whit­tle, who de­signed the gas tur­bine en­gine, was born and worked.

Bladon Jets sim­ply re­fined Whit­tle’s de­sign for au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tion in the C-X75.

But it’s not all about the power train

as the car fea­tures cut­ting edge technology in­side the stylish, elec­tro­lu­mi­nes­cent wire-lit in­te­rior. Pre­mium au­dio sup­plier Bow­ers and Wilkins ex­plored fu­ture tech­nolo­gies in­side the car.

It has a driver fo­cused “fighter air­craft “ cock­pit com­plete with in­for­ma­tion sys­tems.

There are only two gears – for­ward and re­verse. C-X75 weighs in at 1350kg.

In the metal, the car looks in­cred­i­ble, height­ened by vis­i­ble twin gas tur­bines.

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