Jaguar C-X75 Concept Debuts

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Debuts

2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Jaguar unveils its C-X75, an all-wheel-drive turbine-electric supercar, at the Paris auto show.
  • The Jag is outfitted with four individual electric motors, one at each wheel, with each motor producing 145 kW (194.5-horsepower) and 295 pound-feet of torque.
  • The C-X75 concept boasts a total output of 778 hp.

PARIS — One of the most stunning concepts at the 2010 Paris Auto Show is Jaguar's C-X75, an all-wheel-drive turbine-electric supercar that the British automaker says "explores the outer limits of both performance and sustainability" and "hints at an exciting evolution of (Jaguar's) design language."

While the car's sleek two-door aluminum shell and leather-and-aluminum-trimmed cockpit measure up to the marque's high standards, the unique powertrain is like nothing yet seen in production — or on the international auto-show circuit, for that matter.

Jaguar has elected to employ four individual electric motors, one at each wheel, with each motor producing 145 kW (194.5 horsepower) and 295 pound-feet of torque. Together, the motors deliver a thumping 778 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.

Here's the twist: To augment the electric motors, Jaguar also has installed a pair of micro gas turbines, each one rated at 94 hp. The lightweight turbines, which are installed amidships behind the driver and passenger, can top off the plug-in lithium-ion battery pack, extending the vehicle's range from 68 miles in pure-electric mode to 560 miles from a full tank of fuel. With the car in Track mode, the turbines act as power boosters to the electric motors, enabling a claimed top speed of 205 mph and 0-60 acceleration in less than 3.4 seconds.

The turbines can run on a range of fuels including gasoline, diesel, biofuel, compressed natural gas and liquid petroleum gas. As for the lithium-ion batteries, a full charge requires about 6 hours from standard household current.

The two-passenger C-X75 features sill-mounted air intakes, as well as active aerodynamics via an underbody venturi system that incorporates a movable airfoil and directional control of the exhaust gases to provide maximum downforce without using spoilers.

Finished in Jetstream Silver, the aluminum body panels are fitted to an extruded and bonded aluminum chassis. The forward-hinged doors swing up and out and incorporate rearview cameras, with images displayed on screens in the cabin.

The rear end of the C-X75 is shaped, according to Jaguar, "like the trailing edge of an aircraft wing," and features a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, slim LED taillamps and an active airfoil that lowers automatically as speed increases.

Turbine-spoke polished alloy wheels — 21 inches in diameter in front, 22 in the rear — wear custom Pirelli asymmetric-tread performance tires.

The cabin of the C-X75 is even more high-tech. Seats are anchored to the bulkhead, and steering wheel, pedals, instrument binnacle and major controls all adjust toward the driver. A trio of thin-film-transistor screens display critical information, and a premium Bowers & Wilkins nanotech audio system incorporates active noise-canceling technology.

The cockpit is bathed in electroluminescent light and LEDs, and is trimmed in a combination of cream and gray leather, soft-texture neoprene and polished aluminum.

In sum, the C-X75 is so well thought out and executed, we'd be surprised if it's meant simply as a design study and rolling technology showcase. If this represents the future of Jaguar, we're hugely reassured. says: A supercar with a conscience and some novel technological solutions that just might find their way into future production vehicles. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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