Jaguar is marking its 75th anniversary in style, and has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show a stunning new supercar, the C-X75, and with it a new design direction for the company and a possible successor to the XJ220.
Like the new Porsche 918 Spyder unveiled at the Geneva show in March, Jaguar has also decided that it's not enough for supercars to be all about plain old horsepower these days. So this new concept car has a revolutionary new green power system. And despite this, the car promises 0-62mph in 3.4sec, and onto a 205mph top speed.
Central to understanding the new car is that it has four electric engines, one to power each wheel, and each rated at 195hp giving 780hp in total. Because of the amazing grunt inherent to electric engines, these serve to give the car an awesome 1180 lb ft of torque, eclipsing the 923 of the Bugatti Veyron. But they are only good for 70 miles on its lithium-ion batteries.
But you won't have to cope with range-anxiety with this dream machine - there are two small turbine engines that will replenish the batteries and give the car a theoretical range of 568 miles. The car can also be plugged into the domestic mains.
What makes it go?
The turbines themselves are rated at 95hp each, weigh just 35kg, and will run on "anything" according to a Jaguar spokesman at the launch party on Wednesday evening in Paris.
'Anything' meaning petrol, kerosene, LPG, diesel or presumably fat from a chippy - and give the car an effective CO2 rating of 28 g/km. This could truly be green supercar motoring, in style. But the turbines consume - and expel - air as well as fuel - about 40,000-litres of air-a-minute to be precise. No wonder there's a "beware of the blast" sticker on the back of the car.
The car is made of carbonfibre and aluminium, 50% of which is from recycled sources. It weighs 1,350kg and is 4.6m long. It sits on a suspension borrowed from an XKR.
Jaguar's design director Ian Callum said: "The C-X75 is as close to a pure art form as a concept car can get, and is a worthy homage to 75 years of Jaguar design."
"The C-X75's beautiful proportions, sculpted lines and powerful stance have been created to pull at the same emotional heartstrings as classic Jaguars such as the D-Type and XJ13 racers," added Julian Thomson, deputy design director.
The doors on opening rise up as well as out, Aston Martin-style, while its big wheels are 21-inch.
Feast your eyes on our mega gallery of over 60 images of this amazing new British supercar, taken from both the unveiling and both studio and location photos released by Jaguar.
We can't wait to drive the C-X75 , though it may be a while before we can buy it.
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