Looking back to Alan Taylor’s 2010 interview with Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum and the very first Jaguar C-X75 Concept – 500hp, 10,000rpm hybrid hypercar. It was created to celebrate 75 years of Jaguar and comes in at an astonishing $1.2 million. While not planned for production past the 2019 concept, the C-X75 concept will be used for continuing research and development of future Jaguar technologies.
The C-X75 was revealed as a concept at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, where it received Autoweek’s coveted “Best in Show” award and the 2010 Louis Vuitton Classic Concept award. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever created,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design. “C-X75 is an exciting project for us and a clear statement of Jaguar’s intent to continue creating bold, innovative and beautiful performance cars.” Carbon-fiber, drawn from Motorsports technology and used in the chassis, creates an incredibly lightweight yet rigidly strong structure. Project goals are an under 3 seconds 0-100 km/h acceleration time, and perhaps even more amazing, 0-160 km/h acceleration of less than 6 seconds. This incredible performance is accompanied by very low emissions, thanks to the vehicle’s lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology.
While the C-X75 promises supercar performance, with a top speed in excess of 320 km/h it is also a low-emissions hybrid vehicle concept. Its ideal weight distribution also gives it optimal handling. The compact engine is small enough to be mounted low in the engine bay and to keep weight to an absolute minimum.
Fun Fact! A Jaguar C-X75 (painted in dark orange) appears in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre as Mr. Hinx’s car (licensed ROMA 860K). It takes part in a car chase around Rome against James Bond, who drives an Aston Martin DB10.