Jaguar C-X75 Almost Crashes Into Aston Martin DB10 During Spectre Filming: Video
With Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, currently filming with some pretty special cars, movie buffs and car aficionados try to get a glimpse of the action from the set. This time, a number of action sequences for Spectre take place in Italy, where it is expected that Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 will try to evade a villain’s Jaguar C-X75.
Known car-spotter and YouTube user Marchettino got ahold of the footage above after it was shot on the streets of Rome. Most of the chase sequences are pure gold, but the real bum-clenching moment happens around the 0:34 minute mark, when the Jaguar narrowly misses the braking DB10 and almost runs over a member of the film crew. Recent reports mention that at least one of the cars is driven by ex-Stig and former racing driver Ben Collins, but there is no way of knowing if he was wheeling the Aston or the Jag in this sequence.
If the scene is not enough to get your blood pumping, turning up the volume is bound to do it, as both supercars involved in the chase sound like something out of a horror movie — in the good way, of course. Another interesting bit is how the DB10 always enters that corner in full drift, while its foe is constantly trying to hit the apex and is actually gaining on the Aston.
Unveiled in 2010 as a proposal for a future hybrid hypercar, the gorgeous Jaguar C-X75 was close to entering production as a limited-edition model ready to take on the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari. Unfortunately, the plan was scrapped because Jaguar couldn’t really make a business case out of it. The concept car was powered by a revolutionary hybrid system that consisted of four electric motors and a pair of micro gas turbines instead of a conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). Since that arrangement is quite a bit on the Sci-Fi side, the production version would have switched to a gasoline engine and two electric motors, while the C-X75 used in Spectre gets the awesome-sounding, supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 from the F-Type R.
Aston built 10 copies of the movie-only DB10 model, which is apparently largely based on the V8 Vantage. Almost as wide as the One-77 and with an all new body, the DB10 may in fact preview a future design language for Aston Martin, but don’t expect to see an identical production version of the new Bond car any time soon. That said, it was introduced by Spectre’s director as "the first cast member," so it is expected that it will feature quite a number of gadgets and/or provide more than just a cool means of transportation for Mr. James Bond. For the model to exhibit features like autonomous driving or a KITT-like personality in the movie isn’t out of the question, but more on that as we approach Spectre’s premiere at the end of 2015.