Jaguar C-X75 – the Forbidden Fruit


Jaguar C-X75 was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and in many ways it was a sign that the ailing big cat was making a big come back.

The C-X75 was also created as a show car to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th birthday.

The Jaguar C-X75 project’s three objectives were; It had to have the Performance of the Bugatti Veyron, range of a Chevy Volt, and CO2 emissions of the Toyota Prius and it achieved it all.

Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Car

Jaguar C-X75, the successor of the unloved Jaguar XJ220 was the beginning of a new chapter in automotive innovation and technological advancements.

The original Jaguar C-X75 produced 780 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque from four electric motors.

Each wheel had its own electric motor, and their batteries were to be recharged by the two diesel micro gas turbines.

Jaguar stated that the original Jaguar C-X75 would go from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and run a 1/4 mile in 10.3 seconds.

In 2011 Jaguar announced that the Production version of Jaguar C-X75 would ditch the four electric motors coupled with micro gas turbine formula in favor of a F1 inspired, 1.6-liter turbocharged and supercharged four cylinder engine which produces 502 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and is mated to two electric motors one at each axle with 390 horsepower.

C-X75 1.6-Liter engine

Jaguar C-X75 1.6-Liter engine developed by Williams F1

Production version of the Jaguar C-X75 produced an insane total output of 890 horsepower and 740 ft-lb of torque.

Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar created the 1.6 liter dual-boosted four cylinder in partnership with Williams F1 team, and together they planned to produce 250 Jaguar C-X75 super cars at the cost of $1.2 million each.

Production version of the Jaguar C-X75 can sprint 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Jaguar C-X75 has a top speed well in excess of 220 mph.

The car’s deploy-able active aerodynamics and underfloor aerodynamics create more than 440 lbs of down-force at 200 mph.

Unfortunately at the end of 2012 Jaguar Land Rover cancelled the Jaguar C-X75’s production due to the global financial crisis.

Jaguar’s attempt to launch world’s most groundbreaking super car was as ill-fated as the Jaguar XJ220’s launch in 1992.

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

It is a mid-engined rear-wheel drive supercar produced by Jaguar between 1992 and 1994.

Although the XJ220 was originally designed and promised to potential buyers as a V12 all-wheel drive supercar, when it reached production it ended up being powered by TWR 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 (the engine is called V64V because of its V6 configuration with 4 valves per cylinder) that powers the rear-wheels through a fives speed manual transmission.

XJ220’s twin-turbo V6 produces 540 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 475 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. Less than 280 Jaguar XJ220s have been produced.

The Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production car at the time, and it can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.

The XJ220 is faster than many modern supercars, and the Jaguar C-X75 would’ve been a worthy successor to Jaguar’s only Production supercar of all time the XJ220.


Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar Land Rover featuring in the new James Bond movie

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its line-up of vehicles set to feature in SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. These will include; Jaguar C-X75s, Range Rover Sport SVRs and Defender Big Foots which have been provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome alongside the Aston Martin DB10. The C-X75 vehicles have been built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire, England.

Scenes including the heavily modified Land Rover Defenders & Range Rover Sport SVR have already been filmed in Austria. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and the most powerful Land Rover ever. The highly capable Big Foots were constructed by the Special Operations division with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres to tackle the extreme terrain. They also feature bespoke suspension and enhanced body protection.

Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, said: “This is an exciting partnership for Jaguar Land Rover and an opportunity to demonstrate the fantastic capabilities of the Special Operations team.”

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have been involved in a succession of Bond films. Most recently, in 2012, the rugged Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up was driven by field agent Eve Moneypenny in the opening sequence to SKYFALL.

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