Jaguar’s 220mph Super-Hybrid
It’s been three years in the making but the Jaguar C-X75 has finally turbocharged (and electro-charged) its way onto our news feed.
Jaguar’s been getting us all hot under the collar with this concept since they flaunted it back in 2010. Working in partnership with Britain’s Williams F1 team, 250 cars were planned (sporting price tags close to £1 million each). Fast-forward two years to December 2012, and the project was scrapped when they realised investment input was going to exceed any returns. But, that brings us to now – the ultimate unveiling of one of only two prototypes.
C-X75 is an all-wheel drive, plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle, with the world’s highest specific power engine. It’s also Jaguar’s first carbon monocoque chassis.
A 1.6-litre (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder petrol engine generates 502bhp alone. Then add to that the electric motors – one for each axle – that give a further 385bhp, and you find yourself looking at a combined power output of over 850bhp. Jaguar says the C-X75 can accelerate from 0-100mph in less than six seconds. We know they’re not fibbing because the first prototype eclipsed 200mph with ease, so this one has a theoretical maximum velocity of 220mph.
Given its devil-may-care attitude to power and satanic looks, the C-X75 hides a zen-like constitution – it can run with zero emissions for up to 60km in pure electric mode (overall CO2 emissions less than 89g/km), to make you feel a little better about yourself.
You or I might not be able to buy one, but don’t go throwing any toys out of any prams yet because Jaguar has produced 100 patents from the C-X75 and the prototype is ‘laying the foundations for the next generation of Jaguar innovations’. Besides, our plan is to distract you with this short film (clever of us, eh?).