To validate its performance target, Jaguar is building five plug-in hybrid electric hypercars under the C-X75 label. The results of the validation will determine whether the project will be given the go-ahead. After the new McLaren P12 supercar, the model will be the second hybrid supercar from Britain to challenge the dominance of rival models like Porsche 918 Spyder and the successor to the Ferrari Enzo. Currently, the C-X75 is being developed by Jaguar in collaboration with Williams.
Williams is currently working on a turbocharger and supercharger fitted 1.6-liter petrol engine which redlines at 10,000rpm and comes with twin-chargers and direct injection. The engine will be supplemented by two electric motors powered by a 600v battery pack weighing 200kg.
The Jaguar C-X75 would be capable of running in all-electric mode cruising at a leisurely 40 mph with a total range of 60 km. In combined mode, the powerplant would have a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The C-X75 would be based on a platform similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder with the power from the petrol engine being used to replenish the batteries.
The vehicle features a permanent all-wheel drive system with the conventional powertrain using the power output of the electric motor at the rear. The electric motor placed at the front of the vehicle runs the vehicle in EV mode and is combined to a single transmission. If the project is given the green light, the C-X75 will be produced in a limited run of 200 units priced between £700,000 and £900,000. Once cleared, the vehicle will be up for sale in 2014.
Via: GT Spirit.