Jaguar C-X75 production cancelled

11 Dec, 2012 8:53am Jack Rix

The hybrid Jaguar supercar has been cancelled due to economic conditions, but working prototypes will be sold

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.

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This sounds like the XJ220 again but at least they have stopped this one in time. I worked for a potential supplier on the C-X75 project - the Jaguar engineers insisted on expensive high volume tooling/techniques for a very low volume car (possibly because that was all that they had existing proven experience in) and would not accept alternative technologies more commonly used in low volume production vehicles, so I guess the beancounters could not get the numbers to add up to make it profitable.

Jaguar are saying that 60% of what is on the car will find its way into other Jaguar cars.... seems eminently sensible to cancel a vehicle like this, after all what is the point of the Veyron? Only time they are seen one is on Top Gear... cars for people with small ****s

what a surprise, britain is good at coming up with prototypes. I could design a mach 50 space ship that runs on unicorn tears, as long as i dont actually have to build it !!!

It is very much a shame that the CX75 won't reach production, but at least this time they are saving themselves from almost going bankrupt by investing millions into a supercar only for it to flop - a la XJ220