Jaguar Pulls Plug on C-X75 Hybrid Supercar
- Jaguar has suspended its plans for the production of the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar, it confirmed for Edmunds on Wednesday.
- Five C-X75 prototypes will be finished and continue to undergo testing, the automaker said.
- Some elements of the C-X75, including carbon composite materials, may be used in future Jaguars.
LONDON — Jaguar has suspended its plans for the production of the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar, it confirmed for Edmunds on Wednesday.
Five C-X75 prototypes will be finished and continue to undergo testing, the automaker said. Three of the prototypes will be offered for sale when they're finished next May. The supercar was to have cost between $1.3 and $1.6 million. Jaguar had planned to build 250 units of the car.
Jaguar has not yet announced how it will go about selling three of the five prototypes. Of the remaining two, one will go to Jaguar's museum and the other will be used as a demonstrator.
Some elements of the two-passenger C-X75, including carbon composite materials, may be used in future Jaguars. Jaguar is hinting that the hybrid technology developed for the production C-X75 would allow a three-cylinder engine to develop the power of a six.
High-pressure supercharger technology and the knowledge of carbon-fiber structures gained via its collaboration with Williams Formula One operation are also likely to be used.
"Jaguar Land Rover has suspended its plans for the production of the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar," said Jaguar Land Rover in a statement. "After a thorough reassessment of near-term market conditions, the company's view is that the global economic landscape does not currently support the introduction of a supercar such as C-X75."
When the C-X75 concept was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, it was called "a supercar with a conscience."
The concept featured four individual electric motors and a pair of micro gas turbines, in addition to a plug-in lithium-ion battery pack. The turbines can run on a range of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, biofuel, compressed natural gas and liquid petroleum gas. The concept boasted a total output of 778 horsepower.
Jaguar abandoned the gas turbines for the production version, adopting a 1.6-liter gasoline engine instead as an onboard generator. The C-X75 was said to be good for a 0-60 mph sprint in 2.8 seconds with a 205 mph top speed.
Its sleek form was said to hint at Jaguar's upcoming design language.
"Project C-X75 has already broken many new barriers in terms of innovation and advanced technologies," said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director, in a statement. "We have achieved an incredible amount and will continue to test and develop these technologies, which are highly relevant to JLR's sustainable future."
Edmunds says: The Jaguar C-X75 is a victim of economic times, proving to be a major disappointment to those who eagerly awaited its launch.