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.