Last fall when Jaguar introduced the C-X75 turbine-hybrid supercar, and while cool, nobody really thought they’d build this concept Defying expectations, Jaguar has announced plans to go forward with the C-X75, which will be the fastest Jag ever built.
How different a production car will be from the twin-turbine-powered concept remains to be seen, though it already looks like Jag has dropped the turbines in favor of a small-displacement, forced-induction gasoline (or diesel??) engine. This engine will charge a battery that provides power to four wheel-mounted electric motors. Range in EV mode will be “in excess of 30 miles” and it’ll produce “significantly less” that 99 g/km of CO2.
Combine that with a less-than 3-second 0-60 mph sprint, a 200 mph top speed, a $1.4 million price tag, and you’re talking about one of the greenest, fastest, and most-expensive supercars ever conceived. 2013 is the due date for this fancy green cat, though a lot can change in two years. For $1.4 million, you’d think they could make those micro-turbines work, but automakers and customers are clearly willing to pay a premium for green credentials combined with performance as the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, and even Formula One and the FIA mull about different ideas of going greener and faster. The more green catches on with the guys who go fast, the better off will all will be.
Source: Car Magazine UK
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.