In this installment of Cancelled Cars, we’ll be discussing the story of the Jaguar C-X75, a supercar that nearly made production.
It’s Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. Jaguar is preparing to unveil the C-X75 concept at the Paris motor show. The striking silver showcar sought to do supercar speed differently, with a traditional combustion engine being replaced by a set of diesel-powered gas turbines and a 15kWh battery pack driving a quartet of electric motors.
Outputs? 582kW of power and 1600Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h sprint could be achieved in 3.4 seconds, while top speed was rated at 330km/h. The micro-turbines allowed the sleek two-door to travel up to 900km, plus a further 110km from the lithium-ion pack.
The C-X75 remained a concept until Jaguar announced in May 2011 that it would enter production in 2013, albeit with some changes to make it road-legal.
To be developed in conjunction with the Williams F1 team, the production model would swap the turbines for a 1.6-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine, aided by only one electric motor at each axle (instead of two). It was to be mid-engined and constructed from carbon-fibre – these traits would allow it to do 0-100km/h in less than three seconds and top out at 320km/h, all while emitting less than 99 grams of CO2 per km. The all-electric range would also be cut from 110 kilometres to 50.
Only 250 cars were set to built, each costing over £700,000 GBP.
But then, in December 2012, Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark announced the project would not make production, claiming that “looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an 800,000-pound to 1 million-pound supercar“. Much of the knowledge gained from the project would be transferred into other Jaguars, such as the twincharger technology and aerodynamics knowhow.
Five running C-X75s were production by the time Jaguar engineers shut up shop in May 2013, each with the same 1.6-litre twincharged four-cylinder and dual electric motor combination as the canned production car. These cars produced a total of 664kW of power, and could achieve up to 322km/h (200mph).
Despite the project being dead for four years, the C-X75 made its way onto the silver screen in the James Bond film Spectre 2015, as the car driven by villain Mr. Hinx in a chase through Rome against Bond’s Aston Martin DB10. Seven cars were provided to the film crew – all looked like a C-X75, but packed a 404kW supercharged V8 and a World Rally Championship-derived chassis.
The car’s appearance in the movie sparked rumours that Jaguar’s supercar would be making it to production after all, however such reports were quickly quashed by company executives.
Considering the recent cancellations of numerous planned JLR projects such as the Discovery SVX and Range Rover SV Coupe, it’s unlikely a low-volume project like the C-X75 will ever be possible again.