Jaguar Cars Limited was founded in 1922 by the name of Swallow Sidecar Company. The name was changed in 1945 to Jaguar. The original company was started off by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley and became one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world. The company had originated in the United Kingdom but is owned today by the Tata Motors from India. Jaguar models are still considered to be British automobiles though, and they have been consistently performing quite well.
Jaguar Cars Limited has been manufacturing luxury automobiles for the longest time. This however, has not stopped them from venturing into the performance segment as well. Jaguar has even come up with some futuristic concept models that are both innovative and technologically advanced. One of the concepts that have been received with great enthusiasm by the automotive world is the Jaguar C-X75.
Jaguar C-X75: Overview
The Jaguar C-X75 is a concept car based on the plug-in hybrid concept. The concept car made its debut appearance in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Jaguar refers to the C-X75 as an exclusive hybrid super-car and has even put forward plans to launch a limited number of these cars.
The Jaguar C-X75 has been named in honor of the automaker’s 75th anniversary. The “C” stands for concept and the “X” stands for experimental. The automaker believes that this hybrid super-car will be able to match the performance standards of even the fastest production cars in the market today. The car will be able to provide excellent fuel efficiency by making use of the latest in cutting-edge technology. Because it is a hybrid, it is expected that CO2 emissions will be quite low.
The Jaguar C-X75 is also said to be the most advanced model produced by the company till date. The car is innovative and technologically advanced. It can provide high levels of performance depicting the manufacturer’s excellent engineering capabilities.
Jaguar C-X75’s Engine & Performance
Jaguar has given special attention to detailing when it comes to the technology and design features of the C-X75. The engine has been designed such that it can provide the best possible performance and the design and layout too follow the same guidelines.
Technology & Performance Statistics
The main reason why the Jaguar C-X75 is being called the future of super-cars is its engine. The car is powered by four electric motors, 145 KW each. Each wheel makes use of an individual electric motor. This allows the engine to produce up to 780 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque. Each of these motors weighs 50kgs.
The drivetrain makes use of internet in order to provide torque to each wheel independently over the full speed range. Statistics provided suggest that the jaguar C-X75 can attain a top speed of over 200 mph or 330 km/h. It can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and from 80 km/h to 145 km/h in 2.3 seconds.
One major advantage of the Jaguar C-X75 is that it can run on a wide range of fuels. This includes liquid petroleum gas, diesel, compressed natural gas and bio-fuels. In addition, the car also makes use of micro gas turbines. These turbines from Bladon Jets can generate sufficient electricity that can extend the range of the car to 900km. According to the European Union test cycle the CO2 emissions are 28 g/km.
It has also been equipped with 15KWh lithium-ion battery packs that weigh 185kgs. The Jaguar C-X75 has a travel range of 110 km if running on battery power only. Carbon emissions are said to rise up to 150 g/km if the turbines are being used by the engine.
Innovation in Design
The aerodynamics has also been given a lot of attention. The car has been given a carbon-fibre rear diffuser with an active aerofoil. This allows the diffuser to be lowered automatically according to increase in speeds. This is in addition to the basic functions it performs like guiding air flow and increasing down force. This modification alone is able to drastically improve performance and handling.
The car has also been given an aluminum chassis. This helps in reducing the weight of the car thus improving the sustainability and performance levels. The reduction in weight allows the car to produce more power.
Jaguar C-X75 Production Models
Jaguar announced in May 2011 that it has plans to launch a production version of the C-X75. The production model will be a petrol-electric hybrid but without the micro gas turbines. The automaker has also announced that they will be partnering with Williams F1, a Formula One team for this project. The production models of the Jaguar C-X75 will be manufactured from 2013-2015 and a maximum of 250 units will be produced.
The super-car is being developed specifically for the UK market. Tentative prices revealed suggest that the car will cost approximately 1.15 million USD. The decision as to where the car will be produced has not yet been announced. Although the Jaguar C-X75’s production model will not come with the diesel powered engine and micro gas turbines, the petrol engine will be boosted for more power. Eventually the car will be able to match the performance standards set by its concept models.
Claims Regarding The Jaguar C-X75
Jaguar is quite optimistic about the future of the C-X75. They believe that even the production models of the super-car will be able to perform exceptionally well. They have claimed that the production models will be built according to the same performance standards as the concept car. It may not have the diesel engine or the turbines but that does not mean that the Jaguar C-X75’s road version will disappoint the customers.
They also claim that the Jaguar C-X75 is the most innovative car ever produced by them. It is beautiful in terms of looks and design and technologically advanced in terms of engineering and mechanics. The C-X75 sets a new milestone and has redefined how super-cars will be built in future. The transition from a concept car to a production car will test the skills and expertise of the automaker and will provide them with renewed confidence in their innovative abilities.
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