If reports are correct, the Jaguar C-X75 concept car will star in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
Unnamed sources have told Autocar that engineers at Jaguar are working to make the concept car usable for filming. Changes will include swapping out the concept vehicle’s hybrid drivetrain for one that utilises the company’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
The British magazine understands that the Jaguar C-X75 will be driven by the film’s villain. While some other car makers might baulk at such a connection, this actually ties in neatly with the company’s current advertising theme, which is centred around famous English actors driving Jaguars while hamming up their villainous exploits.
The C-X75 concept car was first introduced to the world at the 2010 Paris motor show. Aside from its slinky style, the C-X75 featured an experimental hybrid drivetrain.
Each wheel featured a 145kW electric motor connected up to the car’s battery pack, which could be recharged by an electrical outlet or the two on-board micro gas turbines.
After a positive reaction from the public and potential buyers, Jaguar green lit the C-X75 for production, albeit with a more conventional hybrid drivetrain, but the project was cancelled in late 2012 due to the poor economic climate.
At a recent Hollywood-style event to announce the 24th Bond film’s name and introduce its main acting cast, the powers-that-be introduced the Aston Martin DB10 as Bond’s ride for the movie.
Although the DB10 is styled to resemble the next-generation of Aston Martin vehicles, which will use AMG-supplied engines, the DB10 actually rides on a stretched and widened version of the V8 Vantage’s underpinnings.