Jaguar has delivered the shock news that its C-X75 hybrid supercar won’t make production as originally planned. First revealed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, the £1m flagship sports car was intended to enter a small production run of 250 units in 2015, but Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director, has confirmed that’s no longer the case.
“When we first announced the project, during the worst economic downturn this country’s even seen, we expected things to have improved by now,” Hallmark told us. “But considering the economic landscape as it is and the austerity measures, making a £1m supercar seems wrong – especially when there are more important projects we are working on.”
Despite the news, five existing prototypes will continue to be developed until fully functional by a small team of Jaguar and Williams F1 engineers who were assigned to the project. “We’ll keep chassis one for ourselves and then at least two of the remaining prototypes will be sold to collectors,” Hallmark revealed. “An auction seems the only fair way to do it.”
There are still plenty of positives to take from this project. Jaguar has managed to make the 500bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged and supercharged F1-inspired engine, which revs beyond 10,000rpm, work in sync with an extremely lightweight electric motor for a total of around 900Nm and 900bhp. An advanced liquid-cooled and air-conditioned battery pack allows a 60-mile zero-emissions mode, while according to Hallmark the C-X75 is “quicker than a Bugatti Veyron, but emits less CO2 than a Toyota Prius.”
“We’ve patented more than 100 technologies during this project, and many of those we’ll continue to develop for our other road cars,” said Hallmark. “Things like high-performance turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engines, and electric motors to boost smaller engines are all being considered.”
The aerodynamics were significantly redeveloped for the prototype, too, with 17 radiators dotted around the car and a series of new vents and intakes around the bodywork. No images are available of the redesigned car yet, but Hallmark has confirmed that there will be media test drives in early 2013, so we’ll be able to bring you the full story behind this immense Jaguar that never was.