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Jaguar Will Build C-X75 Hybrid Supercar - Web Exclusive

In a bold move, Jaguar today confirmed it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

May 6, 2011

The Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque's most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economy. Jaguar expects the hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

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Adrian Hallmark from Jaguar said, "The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. 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 this."

The high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial design study that made its debut at the 2010 Paris motor show, while fulfilling requirements that allow it to be homologated for road use. "We were always determined that the C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form," said Ian Callum, Director of Design. "This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. " In an unprecedented move, the C-X75 will be developed in association with Williams F1, who will provide their engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. This association will be at the leading edge of British automotive engineering and innovation.

A direct technology transfer between top motorsport and road-going production cars is key to C-X75's success. The supercar's chassis will be made of carbon-fiber to create an incredibly lightweight, yet rigid structure.

Aiding the transition from concept to production vehicle is the choice of powertrain. Jaguar continues to develop the use of the micro-turbine technology that was showcased in the original concept C-X75. Jaguar's parent company Tata has taken a significant stake in Bladon Jets, and will develop this very advanced technology as a medium-term aspiration that will play a part in Jaguars of the future.

To bring Project C-X75 to showroom reality within the timescales of a conventional model program, an equally innovative powertrain had to be developed. The road-going supercar will use a state-of-the-art, small-capacity, highly-boosted internal combustion engine with an electric motor at each axle. "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. This will make the C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of 50km," explained Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director.

When the C-X75's motors and combustion engine combine, it will be one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-three second 0-60mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph. Crucially, this performance will be generated alongside low emissions, thanks to Project C-X75's lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology.

Williams F1 has been at the forefront of motorsport engineering for three decades. The project engagement on Jaguar C-X75 is testament to the team's ambitions and will bring together two leading lights of the UK motoring industry.

"Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world's most famous and iconic brands," said Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1.

Only 250 examples will be built, each costing between £700,000-£900,000 ($1.1-1.5 million) depending on market and local taxes. "Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle program," said Carl-Peter Forster, CEO Tata Motors. "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."

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