Jaguar C-X75 Concept Car, A Beautiful Innovation

A Beautiful Innovation....

The Jaguar C-X75 Concept car was officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on Sept. 30, 2010. My immediate attraction to its sleek design hints of the XJ220, XJR-15 and XJ13 was followed by amazement at the car's futuristic abilities. What would Sir Lyons think about micro gas-turbines and sense-of-touch technology? How refreshingly beautiful and forward-thinking. After 75 years, I believe we are truly ready to get our minds (and hands) around a gorgeous Jaguar capable of 200 mph with zero emissions. Hats off to Jaguar for creating this visionary electric supercar to celebrate 75 years of the brand!

Jaguar's electric supercar was chosen BEST IN SHOW by the Editorial Staff at AutoWeek, who commented: "It is a rare car that claims a unanimous nod as the AutoWeek editors' Best in Show award winner, but this was clearly a special car. It combines the history and the futurethe 75 denotes the marque's anniversary, while the C reflects a conceptual vision of Jaguar's potential future. The C-X75 is powered by a de rigueur alternative-propulsion system using electric motors to punch the sleek sports car from 0 to 62 mph in about three seconds."

Watch the C-X75 Video at Jaguar's website: http://www.jaguar.com/us/en/#/about_jaguar/75th_Anniversary/c_x75/

Official Press Release (12 pages of detail):
http://www.interactivejaguar.com/jagc/DisplayRelease.php?itemID=137

Photo Gallery:
http://www.interactivejaguar.com/jagc/ImageGallery.php

OVERVIEW (from Jaguar Cars Website):
Jaguar's new concept car, the C-X75, has been unveiled to widespread acclaim at the Paris Motorshow. The supercar that pushes the boundaries of both design and sustainability.

This two-seater, range-extended electric supercar offers an exciting glimpse into the future of automotive technology, while paying homage to 75 years of iconic Jaguar design.

PAYING HOMAGE TO CLASSIC JAGUARS - DESIGN INSPIRATION
The C-X75 stays true to the long-held Jaguar design philosophy of natural, flowing lines and simple, elegant forms. Whats more, it proves that Jaguar's brand values of performance, beauty, and luxury can be upheld while offering innovative, zero tail-pipe emissions driving and range-extending technologies.

The Jaguar approach to product development has and always will be design-led. Therefore, it is no surprise that when creating the C-X75, an even more emotional design language resulted in combining contemporary styling with world-class research and engineering.

In this new concept car, Jaguar enthusiasts will identify elements of the great cars of the past. The C-X75's designers found inspiration in the innovative engineering and functional design elements of cars like the 1950s C-Type and D-Type racers and unique 1966 XJ13 Le Mans prototype. However, the intention was not to dwell on the past, but to embrace these influences and project them onto the future.

CUTTING EDGE DESIGN & AIRFLOW - AERODYNAMIC PURITY
When designing a car capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph, aerodynamics is crucial. Your average supercar muscles its way through the air, covered in wings and spoilers to help with grip. A much more elegant approach was taken with the C-X75. Aerodynamics inspired every aspect of the exterior design.

Using an underbody Venturi and directional exhaust gas control, the car was kept as compact as possible. In fact, the movement of air itself was one of the principle drivers behind many of the design cues incorporated into the bodywork.

The C-X75 also claims its birthright of performance with a simple "teardrop" central fuselage surrounded by prominent wheel arches. Shorter, lower, and sleeker than any concept car before it, the C-X75 strikes the perfect balance between high speed and high design.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

PROPULSION SYSTEM & TRANSMISSION
Electric motor: Four 145kW (195bhp) traction motors (580kW/780bhp total)
Generator: Two switched reluctance generators
Range Extender Power: 2 x 70kW (94bhp) gas micro-turbines (140kW/188bhp total)
Batteries: Lithium-ion
Total Battery Capacity (kWh) 19.6
Transmission: Single Speed
Final Drive Ratio: 3.1:1

PERFORMANCE
0-100km/h (seconds) 3.4
Top Speed (km/h/mph) 330/205
0-160km/h (seconds) 5.5
0-300km/h (seconds) 15.7
1/4 mile (seconds@km/h) 10.3@251
Max. Power (kW/BHP) 580/780
Max. Torque (Nm/lb ft) 1600/1180
Power to Weight ratio (BHP/tonne) 578
Aerodynamics (Cd) .32

ECONOMY
EV range (km/miles) 110/68
Extended range (km/miles) 900/560
CO2 emissions (g/km) 28
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 60

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase (mm/inches) 2725/107.28
Overall Length (mm/inches) 4647/182.95
Overall width (mm/inches) 2020/79.52
Overall Height (mm/inches) 1204/47.40
Kerb weight (kg) 1350
Wheel size front and rear (inches) 21 and 22
Tyres (front and rear) 265/30 ZR21 and 365/25 ZR22
Battery weight (kg) 230

RECYCLED MATERIALS - BEAUTIFUL, FAST AND SUSTAINABLE
The C-X75 is proof that sustainability can be successfully achieved without sacrificing the legendary performance, innovative design and unprecedented luxury that is the Jaguar standard. Materials were selected with a sense of responsibility- both to the purity of the car's design and to its efficiency.

LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION
As with the current XJ, up to 50% of the C-X75's structure is made of recycled aluminum. In addition to its sustainable qualities, the lightweight metal enhances performance and agility, giving it a distinct edge over the current crop of supercars.

ENVIRONMENTALLY EFFICIENT LEATHER
An eye for the sustainable extends inside the cabin as well. Both the Ceramic dashboard leather and the Storm Grey leather were sourced from the Scottish company Bridge of Weir, one of the most environmentally efficient leather producers in the world.