You could say that the writing was on the wall longer than most of us were willing to accept it.
After all, it was an ambitious project to begin with, one that would undoubtedly cost Jaguar a ton of money. Sure, we were teased that the C-X75 supercar could end up being a production car, but in the end, that was all it was: a tease. Just as late as yesterday, reports were pointing toward the C-X75 heading into the next testing phase, but it apparently got the axe before it could hit that phase.
That much was made clear by Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark after confirming to Autocar UK what a lot of us assumed would happen: production of the C-X75 has been scrapped. Jaguar made the decision to stop production in large part because of the current economic crisis gripping the world today. With the unpredictability of the economy, it didn’t seem like the smartest of business move to push forward with a million-dollar supercar given the unpredictability of the economy.
"We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar," Hallmark told Autocar.
It’s a disappointing but, ultimately, understandable decision. It’s a decision that Jaguar had to make to protect its bottom line. We can’t fault them for that. In the meantime, the five existing prototypes of the C-X75 will not go to waste. Three are expected to hit auction blocks soon while one will be sent to a future Jaguar museum. As for the last model, Jaguar’s keeping that for testing and (possibly) further development of the supercar.
Hallmark also said that the technologies developed into designing the C-X75 will be used by the company in developing future models, including the supercar’s hybrid technology, which the company said could eventually find its way on a three-cylinder engine in order to give it the power equivalent to a six-cylinder engine.
It’s a sad day for everybody looking forward to the C-X75. But you can’t fight an unpredictable global economy and Jaguar is doing the right thing axing production of the supercar. Let’s just hope that they don’t lock up the C-X75 for good and throw away the key.
Phew, talk about a quick change of direction…
The development of the Bugatti killer from Britain has entered a critical stage that decides whether Jaguar’s newly developed hybrid system and the C-X75 project as a whole deserves the green light or no.
For the past three months, Jaguar has been testing the hybrid system on a test bed and is now confident enough to install it on a rolling chassis to create a working prototype. Now the anticipation meter is back to its highest point after months of silence.
When it was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X75 featured two turbines that looked like rockets attached. Since Jaguar was gunning for the top-spot in performance, the rockets did make sense. But, they weren’t there to launch the car down the road like a Wile E. Coyote contraption; they were actually a pair of gas turbines to power the car once charge for the four wheel-mounted electric motors had expired.
What looked promising when Jaguar bragged about was later scrapped when the Leaping Jag announced the production of the hypercar in 2011.
The gas turbine system was replaced with a hybrid system that combined a 1.6-liter boosted engine that produced more than 500 horsepower and four insanely powerful electric motors powered by a highly sophisticated liquid- and air-cooled battery pack.
So far, the tests conducted on the hybrid system have been a success in the test bed but the real nail-biting situation will arise when Jag installs the system into a chassis to make a functional prototype.
If Jaguar succeeds this phase, then hypercar fans, start clearing your bedroom posters for space...
When Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 concept two years ago at the Paris Auto Show, a lot of people wondered how far the Big Cat was going to go in the development of the concept. After all, Jaguar has had a long absence in the super car market and many had doubts on whether the automaker was serious about entering a market that already had plenty of sharks in it.
The latest word to come out of Motor Trend is that Jaguar isn’t only serious about the C-X75, but serious enough to actually build 5 prototypes of the concept for the purpose of ’testing and development.’ The end-game? Build 200 models of the plug-in hybrid supercar.
Bob Joyce, Jaguar Land Rover’s group engineering director, talked with Motor Trend to discuss the company’s plans for the C-X75. "The business wants to put this car into volume production but it has to meet all its targets for positioning and price," Joyce said.
With that condition in mind, Jaguar is setting some pretty lofty goals for the supercar, including some pretty exciting performance numbers like hitting 0-60 mph in under three seconds and 0-100 mph in under six seconds. Of equal importance, considering its plug-in hybrid set-up, is that the supercar should have an EV range of 37 miles and Euro CO2 numbers of less than 100 grams per kilometer.
So if anybody still had any doubts about Jaguar’s plans for the C-X75, no less than a member of Jag’s senior management has put all those questions to rest.
Jaguar unveiled the very cool C-X75 concept supercar at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and since then, we have heard all kinds of rumors about a possible production version. According to Inside Line, the development of the hybrid supercar is moving fast, but don’t expect to see the gas-turbine setup from the Concept to show its face in the production version. The Jaguar C-X75 is being developed in cooperation with Cosworth and the Williams F1 team. Williams will be responsible for developing the car’s carbon-fiber tub and bodywork, as well as its hybrid driveline. The power setup will include the four electric motors attached one to each axle and a supercharged 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 313 HP. Those cool microturbines aren’t entirely gone though. Jaguar has put them in the Jaguar and will more than likely be using it to create "an experimental car" for track use only.
Engineers did come across a few problems when modifying the concept to production form. The Williams team had to do some extensive aerodynamic work on the body of the vehicle to make sure it could produce enough downforce to travel upside down at 120 mph. The engineers calculated that the C-X75 needed 1.562 square meters of air intake - much more than the car’s front end had. These aerodynamic requirements changed the design a little, says Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark, with the C-X75 "looking more like a sculpture than a car, and more beautiful."
The production C-X75 will be limited to only 250 units, each priced at $1.15 million, and will be unveiled sometime next year. No dates were provided for the release of the experimental track-only C-X75.
We’ve all been patiently waiting for Jaguar to prepare a production version of their impressive C-X75 Concept released in 2010, and we’re going to be waiting even longer since the production model won’t be unveiled until 2014. That being said, the long road to production will be paved with milestones to keep us entertained, including TaTa’s official opening of the factory that will build the gas turbines for the supercar.
This factory is the Bladon Jets Engineering Center in Coventry where 15 people will work on developing the micro gas turbines. A turbine develops 95 HP and weighs 77 lbs. It has fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine and doesn’t need oil lubrication or water cooling, which offers packaging and weight advantages.
The tricky part is that not all of the C-X75 units will combine these turbines with four independent electric motors at each wheel. The majority units will be powered by a a four-cylinder turbo engine developed by Formula One team Williams.
It’s a small step towards production, but it’s a step nonetheless.
Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to show everyone that they had plenty of potential left to uncover as an automaker. And, although the concept was a huge success and served its purpose, Jaguar still needed to prove that this potential prevailed in more than just a design study. Now, under Tata’s influential arm, Jaguar is looking into building "a more accessible variation of the C-X75 concept" and will do so sometime between 2013 and 2015 with 250 units of the crazy cool production version of the C-X75. The production model will be sport-based and will be built in conjunction with the Williams F1 team.
“We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
The production C-X75 will still carry the four electric motors attached one to each axle, but the oh-so-cool jets mounted on the concept will be taken out and replaced with a supercharged 1.6L gasoline engine. Yes, we know the jets would have been awesome to see in a production model, but the specs for the C-X75 won’t disappoint anyone. Plus, we may still get to see the jets in a later production version since Tata owns a big stake in Bladon Jets. For now, we’ll stick to the phenomenal elements of the future C-X75.
UPDATE 07/25/2012: At a press gathering at Jaguar’s test facility in Gaydon, England in July 2012, the company announced that the production version C-X75 would be like no other supercar. Its four-cylinder engine will feature a displacement of just 1.6 liter, but the output will go up to an impressive 500 HP at an amazing 10,000 rpm. In order to develop such an amazing output, the engine will be equipped with direct fuel injection, supercharging, and turbocharging.
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed single clutch transmission and will either send its power to the rear wheels, or will generate power for the lithium-ion battery pack. The supercar will offer two driving modes: all-electric and hybrid. In electric mode, it will deliver an autonomy of 37 miles and in hybrid mode, it will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 200 mph.
Hit the jump for the full details on the Jaguar C-X75. Full story
Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).
Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.
That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.
Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars. Full story
Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to show everyone that they had plenty of potential left to uncover as an automaker. And, although the concept was a huge success and served its purpose, Jaguar still needed to prove that this potential prevailed in more than just a design study. Now, under Tata’s influential arm, Jaguar is looking into building "a more accessible variation of the C-X75 concept." Turns out the translation of this statement is a sports car with the C-X75 look and a more conventional engine. There are no details for this model just yet, nor is there any official confirmation of its production, but we’re adding it to our list of models likely to be built within the next few years.
Tata’s influence over Jaguar is further illustrated in their future lineup, which includes a lightweight XKR R-type Spyder, a high-performance diesel, and, yes, a crossover that will take on models like the Audi Q5. The British luxury automaker is also working on a coupe version of the current XJ luxury sedan featuring a shortened wheelbase and described as "much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL."
Every year, auto makers from all over the world make a conscious effort in putting their best feet forward for the sake of letting everyone know that while their current crop of cars are important, they also put great effort in developing concept cars for future use.
Sure, some of the concepts that we see every year don’t make it past the testing and development stages, but what’s really important is that automakers are going to great lengths in determining whether parts of the concept - or the entire thing, for that matter - can be applied on their production vehicles.
Aesthetic styling aside, concept cars have become one of our favorite segments in the industry. Not only do these cars give us a glimpse of what styling direction a company is looking into adapting, but it also gives us an idea what developments are being made from a performance perspective.
For 2010, we narrowed down our four best concepts of the year, from a conservative French automaker all the way to a brand paying tribute to an iconic model - and drive system - with a concept successor that’s nothing short of breathtaking.
Details after the jump. Full story
We’ve been anticipating Jaguar’s supercar for quite some time now, but it seemed as if the British manufacturer wasn’t going to give it up that easy. The car’s been on then off a couple of times, but the unveiling of the C-X75 concept car at the Paris Auto Show may have been the next step in bringing for the British supercar. At the show, Jaguar’s chief designer, Ian Callum, said that the company wants a supercar that will take design inspiration from the concept itself.
"Our job as designers is to destabilize things and to dream of exciting cars the company is not making now. I happen to think Jaguar needs a car like this. Everything about it is new yet it recalls one of our greatest designs of all time, the XJ13. It’s no secret that the reception we’ve had for C-X75 has been fantastic. The company won’t allow such a reaction to be lost without at least having a detailed discussion about how it can best be harnessed."
However grand that may sound, Callum confirmed that a final decision on the production has yet to be made. If the stars align appropriately, however, the production version will adopt a regular powertrain and not the four electric motors delivering an outstanding 778 HP and 1600Nm of torque. Any guesses on what that powertrain will be?