Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jaguar C-X75 Supercar Claws into Production


Photo Credit: Williams F1

The supercat is coming back to the Jaguar production line-up in the form of an innovative gasoline-electric hybrid. Debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar stopped the exhibit with a thrilling concept supercar paying tribute to the brand’s 75th anniversary for 2011. The Jaguar C-X75 concept car was a flawless execution of high-performance potential while using 21st century expertise in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain. For those afraid that British luxury brand would be blind to their own creative motivations, Jaguar will introduce the supercar to daylight.

Bringing life to the dream shown in Paris, the Jaguar C-X75 development is being commissioned to World Championship Formula 1 team Williams F1. The first time preparing a high performance production car, this is not Williams F1’s first time working on a non-Formula 1 venture. Williams F1 worked with BMW Motorsports in the late 1990s in the construction of a Le Mans winning prototype sports car. Paul Newsome is the newly appointed Head of High Performance Vehicles who has previously worked for BMW and Ford-owned Jaguar. Newsome was also responsible for the eye-catching new look being introduced for future automobiles from British sports car builder Lotus.

By entering their association with the Jaguar C-X75, Williams F1 becomes the latest Formula 1 link to modern supercars. After close association with Mercedes-Benz on the world grand prix grid and in the construction of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercar, McLaren has proceeded into the exotic performer class in 2011 with the MP4-12C. The storied links of Scuderia Ferrari with their street cars also brings detail to what can be expected from the Williams F1 team’s partnership with Jaguar. Though the decision for Jaguar to explore a Formula 1 partnership in constructing the C-X75 could be considered unusual, this practice of conducting external auto racing sources was followed during the production of the British brand’s last supercar, the XJ220. In the creation of the Jaguar XJ220 built from 1992 to 1994, the auto company collaborated with sports car racing team owner Tom Walkinshaw.


Photo Credit: Jaguar Cars Limited


Given form through classy aluminum, the Jaguar C-X75 concept presented the old and new styling identity of the British luxury car company. As the production C-X75 design is given a green light, Jaguar’s end creation should result in a fairly even technology transfer. Based on an all carbon fiber chassis, the production Jaguar framework must now be adapted to correspond with traffic and safety regulation. It will remain to be seen if the finished production version of the Jaguar C-X75 will retain the lightweight, under 3,000-pound composition of the 2010 Paris Motor Show car.

While the Jaguar C-X75 is preserving the looks of the concept car, the road-going version of the car will also share the plug-in hybrid powertrain principle. Running on zero emission electric power, the Jaguar C-X75 is rumoured to go a maximum distance of at least 50 kilometers. Unlike the concept vehicle is proposed the installation of gasoline turbines as a range extension, the production-based Jaguar C-X75 will be running on an unspecified internal combustion engine. A four or six cylinder engine using some form of forced air induction (ie. turbocharger, supercharger) is a leading candidate for gasoline power.



Photo Credit: Jaguar Cars Limited


One thing Jaguar is promising with their future supercar is top-notch performance. While the C-X75 concept car is quoted in providing acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, Jaguar is confident they can actually better the concept car’s performance through the production car. Estimates for the production Jaguar C-X75 mentions 0 to 60 mile per hour acceleration times occurring in less than 3 seconds with launches up to 100 miles per hour clocking in under 6 seconds. A top speed over 200 miles per hour is anticipated from the future Jaguar C-X75 supercar. Along with world class speed and power, the Jaguar C-X75 is targeted to produce less than 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. In comparison, a 2011 Porsche Carrera 4 is measured to emit 249 grams per kilometers.

With only 250 examples set to be built, the Jaguar C-X75 supercar’s production timetable has yet to be confirmed. A reasonable assumption places the first road-going C-X75 vehicles will be street-bound by no sooner than midway through the 2012 calendar year (2013 seems most likely). While manufacturing the limited run vehicle is not released, Jaguar has approximated the pricing of their supercar around £700,000 (translating to over 1.1 million dollars US). An expense prospect for plug-in hybrid motoring, the Jaguar C-X75 limited production will nonetheless allow all 250 cars to find anxious homes.

Information credit: Jaguar Cars Limited, Williams F1

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