Today Jaguar announced a partnership with Williams F1 to bring the C-X75 concept to production by late 2013 at an expected price of about $1.1 million. The C-X75 debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and celebrated the brand’s 75th anniversary.
Jaguar hasn’t released many details about the vehicle just yet, but we do know the production car will sprint to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, top 200 mph, and emit fewer than 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. We’re told to expect more details on the C-X75’s powertrain, performance, and official name on September 1 when dealers begin accepting orders. Williams F1 promises to bring “engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies” to the partnership along with considerable motorsport knowledge.
The production C-X75 will use a traditional internal combustion engine with a small displacement and lots of boost along with an electric motor for each axle. Jaguar expects the C-X75 to have a range of approximately 31 miles in EV mode. Though there’s no specific promise of a micro-turbine powertrain option like we saw in the concept car, Jaguar’s press release does mention Tata’s “significant stake” in Bladon Jets and indicates the technology is a “medium-term aspiration that will play a part in Jaguars of the future.”
When the C-X75 debuted in Paris, Jaguar wanted to showcase a sustainable supercar. In today’s release Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth said, “a supercar like the C-X75 is the logical choice to showcase cutting-edge design, intelligent use of new environmental technologies and motorsport-inspired performance.” When interviewed last year about the C-X75 concept, design director Ian Callum said: “This vehicle ticks all the right boxes: it moves our form language to a higher level, it is state-of-the-art in terms of materials used and weight saved, it is refreshingly minimalistic in style and execution, and as far as electrification goes, it offers a variety of fresh and yet quite feasible solutions.”
And now we can add production to that list.