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Jaguar C-X75 Confirmed For Production

Jaguar C-X75 Confirmed For Production  7 May 2011

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British carmaker Jaguar has confirmed this week that its ultra-green
C-X75 supercar concept is bound for production, albeit in extremely
limited numbers.

Revealed at last year's Paris Auto Show, the C -X75 'range-extended
electric vehicle' has been the subject of production rumours for some

Reports last year suggested that Jaguar had been considering a run of
1000 or 2000 units, but the company has settled on just 250 examples -
at a price of around AU$1.4 million each.
"Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-
beating vehicle programme," Carl-Peter Forster, CEO of Tata Motors
(Jaguar's owner) said.

"This is the Jaguar of the future. The opportunity for innovation like
this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar,
and it's fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality."

Jaguar will build the C-X75 in cooperation with the Williams F1 team,
with power coming from a small-capacity petrol engine and a quartet of
electric motors.

With Formula 1 set to switch to four-cylinder engines by 2013, it is
possible that the C-X75's powertrain will utilise the same technology
being developed for the Williams F1 team.

"The engine's compact size allows it to be mounted low in the car for
optimum weight distribution and to retain the concept's stunning
silhouette,” Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land
Rover said.

“This will make the Jaguar C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable
of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of

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In concept form, the C-X75 is powered by an electric motor at each
wheel - producing a combined 580kW - and a pair of gas turbines adding
an extra 140kW of power.

In all, the gas turbines and electric motors producing a phenomenal
1600Nm of torque.

With a single-speed transmission, the all-wheel-drive C-X75 concept is
capable of covering the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds, on its way to
a top speed of 330km/h - reached in 15.7 seconds.

Jaguar says the production C-X75 is scheduled for a debut sometime in

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Gallery: Jaguar C-X75 Electric Supercar Concept

[image] Jaguar to Build $1.2 Million Hybrid Supercar  May 06 2011


It wowed the world when it was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show,
but few expected Jaguar’s sexy C-X75 hybrid supercar concept ever to
be built. Turns out that few were right.

The British automaker today announced that it will produce 250 of the
sports coupes beginning in 2013 at a starting price of $1.2 million.
The project is a collaboration between Jaguar and the Williams Formula
1 team, which is being tapped to build the carbon fiber chassis of the

Full details on the car are still to come, but while the concept was
an extended range electric vehicle featuring futuristic micro-turbines
to generate electricity, the production version will use a small
turbocharged piston engine in this role. However, it is possible a
small number of C-X75s will employ micro-turbines if the technology is
fully-developed during the lifetime of the vehicle.

Primary propulsion for the all-wheel-drive C-X75 will come from two
electric motors with an pure electric range of 31 miles and
performance targets of 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 3 seconds
and a top speed of over 200 mph while operating in hybrid mode.

The C-X75 is one of several hybrid sports cars set for introduction in
2013, joining the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8, as high-
performance automakers struggle to remain relevant in a world of
increasingly strict emissions and fuel economy standards.
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Jaguar’s green flash  By Mark Halper  May 6 2011

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Jaguar has become the latest high end carmaker to throw its hat in the
low emissions ring, as it made it official: it will build a hybrid
gasoline/electric sports car that will exceed speeds of 200 mph and
accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 3 seconds.

At a London press conference this morning, Jaguar claimed the C-X75
will have a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) in electric mode, and
will emit less than 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The company
introduced the C-X75 as a “concept car” at the Paris Motor Show last
October, but did not publicly commit to building it until today.

“The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car,” said
Jaguar brand director Adrian Hallmark, in a press release. “We’ve been
 building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this
exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s
renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than

Jaguar, which is now owned by India’s Tata Motors and is part of that
company’s Jaguar Land Rover group, describes the C-X75 as “an
exclusive hybrid supercar”. No British understatement there, but
plenty of truth in the “exclusive” part, as Jaguar said the car will
sell for between £700,000 and £900,000 ($1.2 million and $1.5 million,
but that includes delivery!), and that the company will only make 250
of them over a two-year span beginning in late 2013.

It is working with British Formula 1 race car team and constructors
Williams F1, who will help build and design the car’s aerodynamics,
carbon composites and hybrid technologies.

The car will include one internal combustion engine plus two electric
motors – one on each axle. It will not include the two “micro-turbines”
– or jets - built into the Paris concept car. Hallmark said that
Jaguar is continuing to develop those for future models. Parent
company Tata owns a stake in UK-based manufacturer Bladon Jets, which
makes micro turbines powered by LPG, biofuels and other fuels.

The C-X75 will have a carbon fiber chassis.
Tata, which acquired Jaguar from Ford in 2008, recently said it is
ploughing £5 billion ($8.3 billion) into Jaguar Land Rover, as it
tackles competition on the high end against the likes of BMW, Mercedes
Benz, and Audi. On the low end, Tata makes the sub-$3,000 Nano.

The C-X75 announcement comes about 2 months after luxury brand Rolls
Royce - another former British manufacturer – said it will build an
experimental electric version of its luxury Phantom car. Rolls Royce,
owned by Germany’s BMW, has not committed to building commercial
models of the electric vehicle.

The Jaguar-Williams hook-up should help advance the state of hybrid
car technology, which in turn should be good news for reducing
automobile emissions. The competition among automakers to out-green
each other with hybrid and electric models will continue to make
impressive, iterative improvements. What will really help drive the
story along is the emergence of more renewable power stations to feed
electricity to the cars’ batteries.
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