There has yet to be a car manufacturer that’s cornered the luxury hybrid market, but Jaguar just might be the first to step in and set the bar for equally high-end and eco-friendly luxury vehicles.
In May, the British car brand announced that it was launching its true-to-concept C-X75 hybrid supercar. The Jaguar C-X75 mixes internal combustion power with two powerful electric motors to achieve supercar performance and less than 99g/km CO2 emissions. This can be attributed to the car’s lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars said, “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.”
Built together with Williams F1 for expert aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacturing and hybrid technologies, the C-X75 combines British automotive engineering and innovation. This marks the first collaboration between Jaguar and Williams for the production of the world’s highest performance and environmentally sustainable supercars.
“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.”
A direct technology transfer between elite motorsport and road-going production cars is key to C-X75’s success, Jaguar said when the car was unveiled in May. The supercar’s chassis will be made of carbon-fibre to create an incredibly lightweight, yet rigidly strong structure. Powertrain was chosen to transition the C-X75 from a concept car into a production vehicle. 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. Jaguar continues to develop the use of the micro-turbine technology that was showcased in the original concept C-X75. To bring Project C-X75 to showroom reality within the timescales of a conventional model programme, an equally innovative powertrain had to be developed.
You better believe that a luxury hybrid vehicle that crosses the very best in design and technology comes with a hefty price tag.The Jaguar C-X75 starts at £700,000—and only 250 are being built.