Jaguar’s stunningly beautiful C-X75 hybrid concept that wowed Salon L’automobile last October in Paris, is to be produced in a limited edition of 250 vehicles with prices beginning at GBP700,000 (US$1.15 million) and running to GBP900,000 (US$1.5 million). The C-X75 will be developed in association with Formula One constructor Williams F1and though the specification has changed significantly from the Paris car the 330 km/h C-X75 will still be one of the fastest production cars in the world particularly off the line where its 0-60mph time will be significantly less than the magical 3.0 second mark, and a lot faster than the concept’s claimed 3.4 seconds.
Emission-wise, the production version will still emit less CO2 than 99g/km, but its electric-only range has halved from the concept’s 110 km to just 50 km.
The two 35 kg, 80,000 rpm lightweight micro gas-turbines of the concept car have been replaced with a compact, but otherwise-unspecified, forced-aspiration internal combustion engine and there are now two electric motors (one on each axle), instead of the concept’s four wheel motors. How close the production model will come to the concept’s 780bhp and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) torque output was not revealed.
The enrolment of Williams F1 in the development of the production vehicle seems to add momentum to a growing trend of association between Formula One constructors and elite sports car manufacturers.