Let’s face it. Hybrid cars aren’t ordinarily designed to look crash hot—or resemble the epitome of speed. But if any manufacturer was to have a go at making a hybrid car that drives as fast as it looks, Jaguar seems a good fit. And that’s exactly what the British carmaker is doing, recently unveiling plans for its C-X75. Working together with Williams F1 on the project, Jaguar expects its concept car to emit only 99g/km CO2, while being able to achieve in excess of 300 kph.
"We were always determined that the Project Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form," says Jaguar's design dir
ector Ian Callum. "This will be one of the finest looking Jaguar's ever produced. We
have to make changes to bring this car to the market, but I know it will retain all the visual impact of the original concept car."
The car will operate on a petrol engine and two eclectic motors. When it runs soley on the battery cell, it will be able to run close to 112 km in range. The car also comes equipped with turbines that can charge and top up the battery cells, giving the vehicle a range of 900 km.
Recently the vehicle won the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2011 award at the 10th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.
Juror Chris Poole said:
“The Jaguar C-X75 is one of the most visually arresting cars ever. Call it aggressive elegance. The novel turbine-based range-extender hybrid powertrain recalls the Chrysler Turbine Car, but looks ahead to what could be a practical alternative to conventional power sources.”
Only 250 of the cars will be made and they won’t come cheap either—far from it. Each car is set to retail at £700,000 (or N$1.3 million). Ouch.