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Jaguar C-X75 Concept

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Jaguar's supercar concept uses four electric motors and two gas turbine generators

The last time Jaguar made a supercar available for sale was back in the early 90s with the XJ220. That vehicle was powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine developing well over 500 hp, accelerated to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and had a top speed of 200+ mph.

Now, Jaguar has unveiled its C-X75 Concept which picks up where the XJ220 left off. The vehicle uses an advanced powertrain that mixes lithium-ion batteries and electric motors with two gasoline turbine generators (80,000 rpm) which recharge the battery pack.

The C-X75 uses four 195 hp electric motors (one for each wheel) -- together, the system produces 778 hp and a whopping 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The twin gas turbine generators combine to produce 188 hp and can recharge the battery pack or provide supplementary power to the four electric motors in "Track Mode".

Jaguar says that the C-X75 can travel a total of 68 miles on battery power alone, or up to 560 miles when the electric portion of the powertrain works in conjunction with the twin gas turbines.

When it comes to performance, Jaguar claims that the C-X75 can scoot to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. However, don't expect the all-electric or "range extended" figures to hold up when trying to achieves those performance figures.

"This evocative showcase of 75 years of performance heritage, the C-X75 also demonstrates Jaguar's commitment to developing cutting-edge engineering solutions to the challenges facing future automotive development," said Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director. "The supercar shows that Jaguar will continue to build beautiful, fast cars that will generate their performance in a sustainable manner."

As much as we would like to see a production version of the C-X75 reach showroom complete with its exotic gas turbine generators, it's more of a design study than a forerunner for a production version. Styling cues from the C-X75 are likely to show up in "lesser" Jaguar models including the next generation XK.

So while we may not see a Jaguar supercar with this exact configuration, there's nothing stopping Jaguar from producing a plug-in hybrid supercar along the lines of Porsche's 918 Spyder which has been given the green light.





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