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Jaguar celebrated 75 years of history with the unveiling of the C-X75 concept at the Paris Auto Show. Besides being a range-extended electric two-seated supercar, the C-X75 previews the company’s future design language, and we are really hoping that it is a preview version of the Jaguar’s long rumored supercar.

"The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by."

The new car tips the scales at around 2,970-pounds and is able to hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That seems awfully fast for a vehicle with only two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Stomp the pedal to the floor and you can hit 205 miles per hour.

The C-X75 can travel up to 68 miles on its battery pack alone, but once the turbines kick in the car can continue traveling for 560 miles. Chevrolet Volt, eat your heart out.

Updated 11/17/2010: The Jaguar C-X75 concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and what better way to mark this occasion than to have Jay Leno review it? Watch the video and see what he has to say about the concept.

Hit the jump to see the full story, the press release - which is rather long - and the video.

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No Jaguar Supercar For You

No Jaguar Supercar For You

British automaker will instead focus on an all-electric luxury sedan and SUV

Rumors of Jaguar planning to build a production version of the C-X75 supercar were exciting to talk about while they lasted, but now it appears that’s all they’ll ever be. According to Automobile Magazine, Jaguar has officially closed the door on building a C-X75-inspired supercar and bringing back the XK line as a stand-alone tourer. Neither of the two models will make it to production, largely because the British automaker is instead setting its sights on a pair of electric vehicles, specifically a replacement unit for the XJ and a premium SUV.

Given the current climate of the auto industry and the growing importance being placed on electric vehicles, it seems that Jaguar is looking to capitalize on that fact by leveraging two of its models to fit in that specific market. The all-electric XJ, codenamed the X590, will be developed to complement the existing model and will make use of a new electronic architecture with a software in place for autonomous driving capabilities. Physically, the X590 is being described as a four-door coupe with its own rear hatch in what Automobile Magazine is saying as something of a compromise between Jaguar’s design boss Ian Callum and Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth.

Jaguar’s new plan also calls for another model, an all-electric SUV, to be built before 2019. This particular model will likely be configured in one of two ways: a rear-wheel drive model with just one motor or an all-wheel drive version with two motors. It was also initially thought of to be a Range Rover, but it will instead take on the mantle as another Jaguar EV to further bolster the automaker’s all-electric lineup.

With these models now being the focus of Jaguar, the rumored C-X75 supercar and the returning XK model have both been relegated to the sidelines. It’s not uncommon for a company like Jaguar to make these kinds of decisions. Apparently, the X590 is being pegged to be the company’s answer to the Tesla Model S and expectations are that once it hits dealerships, it’s going to sell 20,000 to 30,000 units a year for the British automaker.

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Felipe Massa Drives The Jaguar C-X75 In Mexico City: Video

Felipe Massa Drives The Jaguar C-X75 In Mexico City: Video

When it comes to awesome concept cars that should have made it into production, the Jaguar C-X75 was arguably one of the most impressive vehicles to hit showroom floors in the 21st century. Developed as a spiritual successor of the XJ220, the C-X75 was not only gorgeous to look at, but was also packed with state-of-the-art technology.

Its drivetrain alone was impressive, as it combined four electric motors and micro gas turbines as range extenders. The motors produced up to 780 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, while the micro gas turbines supplied by Bladon Jets extended the range of the supercar from 68 to 559 miles.

Though Jaguar cancelled its plans to produce 250 examples in 2012, the C-X75 lives on as many of its innovative technologies find their way into performance Jaguars. What’s more, its stunning design landed the C-X75 an appearance in the latest installment of the James Bond series, "Spectre," as the villain’s car. With the new movie having just premiered in the Americas, Jaguar commissioned Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa to take the supercar on a spin ahead of the Mexico Grand Prix in Mexico City.

After a few laps and donuts at the track, the Brazilian driver found the C-X75 to be quite an impressive car. Hit "play" to find out why.

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XCAR Reviews The Villains From Spectre: Video

XCAR Reviews The Villains From Spectre: Video

There has been plenty of buzz about the Aston Martin DB10 and its official debut in the new Spectre Bond film. Finally, XCAR has taken the time to do a review video of the other great cars in the movie – specifically those that are charged with the task of taking down Bond and his DB10.

First up in the video is the Land Rover Defender Bigfoot, and it is a special vehicle indeed. This Bond-getter includes 185 horsepower, 37-inch tires, a Warn Zeon 10S Winch Kit, LED lights in the front and rear, Recaro sports seats, and even a rear limited slip differential.

Next on XCAR’s list is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR – the only model that can actually be purchased as a production model now that the Defender is at the end of its life cycle. XCAR already did a review on this specific car a while back, but the one designed for Spectre has a few extra goodies over the standard model. It includes bigger wheels and tires, a stealth black paint job, and some painfully bright spotlights that you could probably see from space. The SUV made for the film still puts out the same 550 horsepower and can hit 62 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Of course, XCAR’s review wouldn’t be complete without the Jaguar C-X75. The car is based off of the original concept prototype XCAR reviewed a while back that was able to do more than 200 mph. The specific car in the video is a repainted variant of the C-X75, while the other five built for the film were made with the popular 5.0-liter V-8 that puts out 550 horsepower. As noted in the video, this prototype is a combination of various Jag models thrown together. It even has a center console from the F-Type. XCAR was limited to a top speed of just 30 mph to prevent the possibility of damaging any of these special models, but the video is certainly worth watching. I can’t wait to see all three of them in action against the DB10.

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 First Spectre TV spot: Video

First Spectre TV spot: Video

James Bond movies are never short on automotive eye candy, but Spectre looks like it’s going to be pretty special. In this new trailer, we get our closest look yet at the epic chase scene through Rome between Bond in a Q branch-prepped 2015 Aston Martin DB10 and villain Mr. Hinx in a 2010 Jaguar C-X75 supercar. Bond’s DB10 appears to have been fitted with some aft-facing flamethrowers, which are probably great for discouraging tailgaters, but we’re sure the Jag has some tricks of its own.

We also get a glimpse of a second massive action sequence featuring the specially prepped 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender “Big Foot” sliding through the snow, as wall as a plane ride looks like it didn’t end so well.

Unlike the Range Rover duo, you’ll never be able to buy either car featured in the Rome chase scene. The Aston Martin DB10 was built exclusively for Spectre, but it should give us pretty good idea of what the forth-coming 2017 DB9 replacement will look like. The C-X75 debuted in 2010 as Jaguar’s newest halo supercar, but never made it to production. It uses a high-revving, 500-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates power for the electric motors mounted at each wheel.

Spectre appears to pick up right where Skyfall left off. The first shot of the trailer shows MI6 headquarters, which is still in ruins following the bombing in the last movie. Bond is also given some items recovered from the Skyfall operation that will likely reveal some sensitive new information about his personal life.

Spectre hits theaters in November of this year.

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The Supercars From Spectre In Action: Video

The Supercars From Spectre In Action: Video

If Skyfall went back to a simpler time to find its hero car, an Aston Martin DB5 identical to the one from 1964’s Goldfinger, then the exact opposite is true for the upcoming James Bond flick, Spectre. Both the Aston Martin DB10, driven by James Bond, and Jaguar C-X75, driven by villain Mr. Hinx, have never been and never will be available to the public. Spectre’s chase scene through the streets of Rome will likely be the only time we see the pair driven in anger (and probably destroyed), and this clip provides an awesome behind-the-scenes look at the action.

If you need a refresher, the DB10 was built specifically for Spectre, and even though it’s a one-off, it gives us a pretty good hint at what the fourth-coming DB9 replacement will probably look like. The C-X75, meanwhile, was Jaguar’s hypercar that never quite made it to production. That’s a shame, because with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generating power for four electric motors (one at each wheel) it would have been a fascinating car. Still, watching it chase Bond down through Rome should be a thrill. Spectre hits theaters in November 2015.

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Jaguar C-X75 Almost Crashes Into Aston Martin DB10 During Spectre Filming: Video

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.

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Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to be called "Spectre," will feature an array of eye candy for car enthusiasts, as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that three of its special vehicles will appear in the movie. We already knew that Aston Martin’s DB10 will be the new "Bond car," but the three JLR models are likely to be equally rewarding for car fans. I say this since these will not be stock vehicles, but ones provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, which is kind of like a skunkworks team for the British company.

The breathtaking Jaguar C-X75 concept will feature in a car chase through Rome alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, with Jaguar mentioning that a number of C-X75 models have been built specifically for the film in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. Unlike the original electric-gas turbine concept car, the C-X75 used in "Spectre" will be powered by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8, so expect some old-school exhaust sounds during the chase sequence.

The other two JLR vehicles to make an appearance are a Range Rover Sport SVR and a heavily modified Land Rover Defender, both of which have already finished filming for "Spectre" in Austria. As some of you know, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful production Landie ever, but I have a feeling that the Defender will leave a more lasting impression on movie-goers, thanks to its lifted chassis and 37-inch off-road tires.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar-Land Rover’s "Spectre" lineup.

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Jaguar C-X75 Will Star as a Villain's Car in the Next Bond Film

Jaguar C-X75 Will Star as a Villain’s Car in the Next Bond Film

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you are probably aware that the a new James Bond film has been announced and it is called Spectre. With this announcement, Aston Martin revealed that 007 would be rolling around in an all-new car called the 2015 DB10. Jaguar has now jumped into the news with this piece from Autocar saying that Jag’s hybrid supercar concept, the C-X75, will be the machine of choice for the villain in the upcoming film.

Autocar is saying that for production purposes the turbine-powered hybrid system will be dropped in favor of the companies supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that they will borrow from the F-Type. With Jaguar currently pushing its “Good to be Bad” campaign with some of Hollywood’s biggest British baddies, this seems to tie in nicely.

Jaguar has been contacted but will not confirm nor deny that the C-X75 will be featured in the upcoming film. If Bond is going around in the Aston Martin with the bad guy piloting a C-X75, it gets my hopes up that there will be some really great chase scenes in the upcoming film. In my opinion the Daniel Craig Bond movies have been sorely lacking in excessive chase-scene footage.

With every morsel that sneaks about this new film I get more and more excited.

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Jaguar C-X75’s Engine Could Make it to Production

We know that the Jaguar C-X75 supercar won’t make it to production. We’ve accepted the idea and we are no longer angry ay Jag for eliminating the possibility. The good news that we just heard about the concept’s F1-derived 500-horsepower 1.6-litre turbo engine possibly being used in a future production model certainly helped us get over our disappointment.

in an interview with PistonHeads, Cosworth’s principal engineer Andy Ball said that the company is preparing a four-cylinder engine for next year. Ball chose not to elaborate on his statement, but since Jaguar already used it in the C-X75, the big cat may be first in line to use it.

What he did said about the engine is that it will "have similar specific power as a Formula 1 engine of 300 horsepower per liter." Next, Cosworth will need to work on the road-going engine’s longevity a little bit, as F1 engines typically need routine rebuilds after just a few races. Ball said: "We’re very good at taking engines of the limit and knowing where that limit is."

It’s more telling that Cosworth’s announcement comes shortly after Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark said "With projects like C-X75 we are laying the foundations for the next generation of Jaguar innovations."

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Video: Jaguar Revisits the C-X75 Concept

Video: Jaguar Revisits the C-X75 Concept

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show Jaguar showed off the C-X75 concept car, but we’re pretty sure all of you remember that. As all of you also remember, theC-X75 never made it to production.

To remind us once again what a great car the C-X75 could have been, Jaguar unveiled a new video (above) showing that amazing concept car.

The development of the concept car took over 2 years and the result was the most innovative and technologically advanced prototype ever created. The C-X75 pushes every boundary of power, performance and even fuel efficiency.

It was powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine delivering 502 horsepower. Additionally, it featured two electric motors that added another 390 horsepower. With a combined output of 850 horsepower, the C-X75 could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and went up to a top speed of 205 mph.

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Jaguar Officially Cans C-X75 Supercar

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…

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Do-or-Die Time as the Jaguar C-X75 Enters the Next Testing Phase

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...

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Jaguar readying C-X75 prototypes for testing and development

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.

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Jaguar C-X75 production moving fast; Gas-turbine setup will be offered in experimental track car

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.

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Jaguar takes the next step in developing the C-X75 supercar

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.

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2014 Jaguar CX75

2014 Jaguar CX75

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.

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Top Speed's Top 10 Hybrid/Electric Sports and Super Cars

Top Speed’s Top 10 Hybrid/Electric Sports and Super Cars

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.

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Jaguar C-X75 goes into production; XJ Coupe also in the works

Jaguar C-X75 goes into production; XJ Coupe also in the works

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."

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Concept of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Concept of the Year

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.

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Jaguar still wants a supercar

Jaguar still wants a supercar

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?

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2010 Jaguar C-X75

2010 Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar celebrated 75 years of history with the unveiling of the C-X75 concept at the Paris Auto Show. Besides being a range-extended electric two-seated supercar, the C-X75 previews the company’s future design language, and we are really hoping that it is a preview version of the Jaguar’s long rumored supercar.

"The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by."

The new car tips the scales at around 2,970-pounds and is able to hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That seems awfully fast for a vehicle with only two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Stomp the pedal to the floor and you can hit 205 miles per hour.

The C-X75 can travel up to 68 miles on its battery pack alone, but once the turbines kick in the car can continue traveling for 560 miles. Chevrolet Volt, eat your heart out.

Updated 11/17/2010: The Jaguar C-X75 concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and what better way to mark this occasion than to have Jay Leno review it? Watch the video and see what he has to say about the concept.

Hit the jump to see the full story, the press release - which is rather long - and the video.

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Jaguar C-X75 heads to production...Eventually

It seems that the feedback for the newJaguar C-X75 was pretty favorable and Jaguar intends to offer a production version for the recently unveiled 780 HP supercar. On top of making the decision to produce the electric car, Jaguar also stated they would be offering up 2000 units a year, a pretty high number in terms of anniversary vehicles (this is one of the vehicles Jaguar released for their 75th anniversary).

A waiting period will have to go into effect, however, because Jaguar is still testing the gas turbine engines that were found on the concept version. In total, customers will have to wait between five-seven years for Jaguar to test and produce these engines: "We’re talking two-to-three years for implementation of the gas turbine technology, then another three-to-four years to integrate into a vehicle," says Jag’s head of advanced powertrain Tony Harper. "The cost of developing the gas turbines for production could be in the C-X75’s favour, being significantly less than an equivalent IC engine, running into the “tens of millions”.

The C-X75 concept car featured two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 778 HP and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Top speed is 205 mph.

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