Jaguar delivered the shock news last week that it’s axed its C-X75. But technology from the hybrid supercar will be used across the range in future – and we can reveal some of its secrets.
Jaguar had intended to build a limited run of 250 examples of the £1m flagship in 2015, but beyond the five existing prototypes, no more will be produced. Global brand director Adrian Hallmark said: “Considering the economic landscape, making a £800,000 to £1m supercar seems wrong. There are more important projects we are working on.”
Jaguar will continue to develop the five prototypes for another five months, until it hits performance targets of 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and a 205mph top speed. The cutting-edge tech – perfected by a group of engineers from Jaguar and the Williams F1 team – will then trickle down to the rest of the Jaguar range.
But two lucky, well heeled buyers could still get to own a C-X75. Hallmark added: “We’ll keep chassis one, but at least two of the remaining prototypes will be sold to collectors. An auction seems the only fair way to do it.”
Carbon chassis - Carbon fibre chassis co-developed with the Williams F1 team paves way for super-light Jaguars in the future.
Lighter wheels - New casting technique means the C-X75’s alloys are 40 per cent lighter but much stronger than conventional wheels.
Hi-tech aero - Current prototypes have 17 radiators and heavily modified aerodynamics – including an F1-style blown diffuser.
500bhp engine - Twin-charged 1.6-litre engine has over 500bhp and previews high-performance four-cylinder. Lightweight electric motor will boost small engines in future.
Jet turbine - High-revving petrol engine replaced original concept’s jet turbines. But Jag still wants to use turbines for cars and to generate domestic energy.