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Offline TomE

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Jaguar can today confirm that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

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 economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators - that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “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.”

Project C-X75 will be the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation. This high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial concept 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 Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”

In an unprecedented move, Jaguar 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.

“Confirmation of this project today signposts Jaguar Land Rover's continued determination to embrace new technologies,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth. “A supercar like the C-X75 is the logical choice to showcase cutting-edge design, intelligent use of new environmental technologies and motorsport-inspired performance.”

It also marks a new milestone in both company's histories as Jaguar Land Rover and Williams collaborate for the first time to produce one of the world's highest performance and environmentally sustainable supercars. The production of Jaguar C-X75 will create more than one hundred highly-skilled jobs in the UK.

A direct technology transfer between elite motorsport and road-going production cars is key to C-X75's success. The supercar's chassis will be made of carbon-fibre to create an incredibly lightweight, yet rigidly strong 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 programme, 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 one powerful 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 Jaguar 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, Jaguar Land Rover.

When 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 incredibly low emissions, with a target of less than 99g/km CO2, 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. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”

Jaguar C-X75 will redefine the customer experience, and will set new standards in sales and after-sales services that will be recreated across the range in the future. Only 250 examples will be built, each costing between £700,000 - £900,000 depending on market and local taxes.

“Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle programme,” 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.”

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110506/CARNEWS/110509894#ixzz1LfCpkohH
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Offline TomE

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More technical info:

Jaguar is teaming up with Williams F1 to put a limited run of $1.1 million C-X75 hybrid-powered supercars into production in late 2013 with a crucial partnership that links two storied British companies to develop cutting-edge technology.

Jag and Williams have been working on a production plan for the C-X75 since January and will share development over the next few years.

“Williams has expertise in composite structures, advanced powertrains, aerodynamics, low-volume production and speedy production development,” said Bob Joyce, Jaguar Land Rover's chief engineer.

Under the skin, the production C-X75 will feature a carbon-fiber tub, which will be handcrafted by Williams along Formula One principles.

Alloy subframes will carry the suspension and steering elements at the front and the mid-mounted, advanced hybrid powertrain at the rear.

Williams is likely to assemble the rolling chassis at its Didcot headquarters in England, which will then be trucked to Jaguar to be trimmed and assembled with painted body panels.

A major change over the Paris concept is new motive power for the hybrid-electric powertrain. This will center on a “high-charge,” small-capacity, four-cylinder gasoline engine, of a similar type to the engines that will become standard fitment with a 1.6-liter capacity in F1 for the 2013 season.

This engine replaces the micro gas turbines featured in the concept. Jag stresses that it continues to develop the gas turbines for future applications.

The engine won't be an F1 unit, according to Joyce, because those engines aren't sufficiently refined for road-car use.

But it will be a bespoke engine, because it will be blown to a very high-level, “possibly higher than five times” atmospheric, Joyce said. That's comparable to the internal pressure in a commercial diesel engine and should bring high thermal efficiency. Jaguar is working on the engine.

The engine will be able to either drive the four wheels directly or drive a generator for fume-free electric running via two electric motors, one for the front axle and one for the rear. That's a similar layout to the Range Rover hybrid, called Range-E, recently announced by Land Rover.

Maximum power will be outstanding and might set a record for specific output of a production gasoline engine. Joyce says output of the engine and electric motors will exceed the 775 hp quoted for the concept.

Maximum performance will come with both systems together in a race mode. Each drive method will be cockpit selectable.

There will be a conventional gearbox, but how that interacts with the electric drive, and whether it will be transverse- or inline-mounted, is still to be decided.

Just 250 of the 200-mph-plus mid-engine two-seaters will be built between 2013 and 2015, turning the handsome Paris show concept into a technology flagship to spearhead Jag's ambitious new model plans.

“This car will embody everything that is great about Jaguar: high technology, desirable styling, huge performance and sustainability,” said brand chief Adrian Hallmark, “and we're very proud to be launching it today.”

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110506/CARNEWS/110509888#ixzz1LfOicX9G
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Offline TomE

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Select Jaguar C-X75 Will Receive Jet Engines


For decades, the recipe for a supercar had always been about stuffing a fire-breathing V12 engine in the middle. Some super cars receive the occasional quad-turbo W16, V10, and supercharged or turbocharged v8, but these all build upon pretty much the same idea. What many car enthusiasts have actually been wondering ever since they witnessed the Batmobile for the first time is whether jet engines could be fitted into cars in real life.

Finally, Jaguar answers the question with not one, but two jet engines. The Jaguar C-X75 concept was first unveiled in 2010 at the Paris Auto Show, boasting a twin-turbine power plant tucked within a sleek shell reminiscent of the Jaguar XJ220. However, when Jaguar announced the C-X75 would make it to production last year, the twin-turbine was replaced with a more conservative hybrid drivetrain mated to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite the fact that the power train will be co-developed with Williams F1, the C-X75 isn’t the same without rockets.

Now, Jaguar has revealed that while 250 examples of the C-X75 will be powered by the hybrid turbo-4, an extremely limited quantity of C-X75 supercars will receive the micro-turbines as envisioned from the original concept. These jet engines are produced by the Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry, which is based very close to Jaguar’s headquarters and is even partially owned by parent company Tata.

Driving the rear wheels, the turbines are expected to produce an extra 95-hp each. Requiring no cooling or lubricant systems like a traditional internal combustion engine, the micro-turbines are also light and easy to package.

While exact numbers are unknown, the C-X75 is expected to meet all supercar requirements, including acceleration to 60 mph in 3 seconds and a top speed exceeding 200 mph.

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The back-end looks similar to the Aston Martin V12 Zagato.

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The back-end looks similar to the Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
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The Jaguar C-X75 is no more
Sad news – the British hybrid supercar will not make production. Ollie Marriage reports


It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the death of the Jaguar C-X75. The British hybrid supercar, first seen at the Paris Motorshow in 2010, was due to enter production next year, the firm intending to build 250 cars each costing close to £1 million.

That now won’t happen, and economic reasons are to blame, principally the fact that Jaguar no longer believes it can make an “adequate return on investment”.

Linked to that, inevitably, is the current global economic situation. “By the time we got to market with this, we expected normality to have returned”, said brand director Adrian Hallmark, “and even though we could carry on and could fund it, it’s not a major part of our investment. When we look at the global environment and the austerity and the difficulties being faced out there, to bring to market an £800,000-£1 million supercar just feels wrong”.

This is a great shame, denying us the chance of seeing the C-X75 line up against the holy trinity of 2013 hypercars: Porsche’s 918 Spyder, McLaren’s P1 and Ferrari’s new ‘Enzo’.

It would have been a fascinating battle, because Jaguar, in conjunction with the Williams F1 team, had made great progress with the C-X75. True, the proposed jet engines had been ditched (they worked beautifully, apparently, but emissions in the start-up phase were too high), but the turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-litre four cylinder was producing a reliable 500bhp and the electric motor specially developed for the project weighed just 23kg, had a mere 17 moving parts and was compact enough to fit in the space required by a single cylinder, yet developed 295lb ft.

That was to be driven by a “revolutionary” liquid and air-cooled battery pack, capable of an unassisted range of 60 miles. In total 17 radiators and a total intake area of 1.5 square metres were needed to keep things cool and allow the car to run properly. And the quoted figures were impressive: 663lb ft of torque and up to 900bhp. What this would have meant for performance was a 0-60mph time of 2.8secs and a 0-100mph time; “quicker than a Veyron”, according to Hallmark. Top speed was forecast at 205mph, and predicted emissions were sub 100g/km.

However, while all these figures are now largely meaningless, the technology behind them isn’t. Jaguar is claiming to have learned a massive amount during the C-X75’s development, enough to be able to use many of the elements in future projects.

Expect the 295lb ft super-compact electric motor and battery to appear in a hybrid concept before too long, and further down the line to possibly replace one of the cylinders in a range extender model.

The small capacity engine looks destined for a bright future, with Hallmark saying, “the new engine family that we are developing for production in the Wolverhampton plant will be able to use the high pressure, supercharged, turbocharged systems to give us high performance versions of four cylinder engines”. Incidentally, the team has looked at possibly creating a V8 by mashing two of these fours together…

All in all, Jaguar has 100 patents relating to the C-X75 and claims that “at least 60 per cent of what we actually spent… will be recycled into our road cars.”

Besides the powertrain technology, this includes carbon brakes and a method of casting alloy wheels that removes 40 per cent of their weight. The C-X75 also featured some amazing aerodynamic solutions, including an exhaust blown diffuser. Again, Hallmark claims this has relevance for future sports cars. Likewise the jets, which Jaguar believes have relevance not just for future automotive applications, but for “domestic power generation”. Imagine: a turbine providing your hot water or electricity…

And for the time being, development is continuing. Why? Because Jaguar has five working prototypes and at the end of this phase – anticipated to be next April/May – is likely to sell two of them to private collectors. That will likely be done via auction, allowing the 100 people who had made serious expressions of interest to find out who really has the deepest pockets. Just two, instead of the 250 originally planned, but couldn’t we claim this as a production run?


Offline TomE

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So they now have pre-production models and are inviting the Press for laps... but they still are not building it ....



Article: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/jaguar/c-x75/first-drives/jaguar-c-x75-first-drive-review
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