Jaguar has been building beautiful fast cars for 75 years and the C-X75 is both a tribute and a celebration of the creative ingenuity of all those who have been involved in shaping many of the world’s most beautiful cars, both on and off, the track.
It seems like the design team has collected DNA from Jaguar’s long list of period supercars including the C-Type, D-Type and E-Type, as well more recent speedsters like the XJ220, and put it all together in the C-X75.
Jaguar aficionados will also see styling hints from the one off and gorgeous looking 1966 XJ13 Le Mans Prototype.
They were all beautiful and they were all blisteringly quick cars powered by highly tuned combustion engines.
But that’s about where any similarities with the C-X75 come to an abrupt halt. You see the C-X75 is all-electric, all-wheel drive supercar, capable of travelling at speeds and distances beyond the realms of current EV parameters.
Top speed is 330km/h (205mph) and 0-100km/h sprints will take just 3.4 seconds. In-gear acceleration is just as ferocious; meaning 80-145km/h comes up in rocket like 2.3 seconds. This is a very quick piece of gear.
At the heart of the beast are four 145kW (195bhp) electric motors – one per wheel, which collectively produce a mind-blowing 581 kW (780 bhp) and 1600 Nm of torque.
That’s not all. There are also two micro gas turbines, which spin at a staggering 80,000-rpm and can extend the car’s range to an extraordinary 901 kilometres (560 miles) and produce a ridiculously low 28 g/km of C02 from the plug in charging.
If you happen to drive less than 110 kilometres on a round trip, then chance are, the C-X75 will produce zero tailpipe emissions while running solely on battery power.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Jaguar’s latest creation is not of this world, given the car’s remarkable specs, but the C-X75 also represents the company’s future design language.
Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars said of the car, “The C-X75 is a tribute to the people who shaped the iconic Jaguars that are revered to this day. By making it an innovative test-bed for the technologies of tomorrow, it also ensures that our reputation for engineering excellence for another 75 years and beyond.”
Finished in Jetstream Silver, the C-X75 is about pure performance and uses its flowing lines and active aerodynamics for superior levels of stability at speeds beyond 300km/h.
Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum, knows a thing or two about creating beautiful cars, he created the iconic Aston Martin DB7, and he says of the concept, “The C-X75 is everything a Jaguar should be. It possesses remarkable poise and grace yet at the same time has the excitement and potency of a true supercar…”
Inside the car, a new interface was created for the C-X75 with dual high-resolution TFT screens, while the fixed seats, main instrument dials and pedal box are all driver focused.
Cross your fingers and pray that Jaguar build this car, but I’m still waiting for the E-Type replacement chaps.