Jaguar has axed the C-X75 hybrid hypercar in response to the global economic crisis
11 December 2012

The Jaguar C-X75 supercar has been axed. Global brand director Adrian Hallmark confirmed that the decision not to put the radical hybrid into production had been taken due to the current global economic crisis.

Five working prototypes will continue to be developed until next May. Up to three of these will then be sold at auction, while one will go into a future Jaguar museum and the other will be kept by Jaguar for running demonstrations.

"We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar," said Hallmark. "This is backed up by other products from us that people are screaming out for." 

The C-X75 was first revealed as a concept at the Paris motor show in 2010. Its hybrid drivetrain included a pair of gas turbines to power the car once charge from the four electric motors, one mounted at each wheel, had expired.

In May 2011 Jaguar confirmed the C-X75, which features the firm's first bonded carbonfibre chassis using Williams F1 expertise, had been signed off for production, albeit without the gas turbines.

The original drivetrain had been replaced with a turbocharged/supercharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, mounted at either end of the car, driving transaxles and powered by a liquid/air-cooled battery pack.

The combined power figure of the hybrid drivetrain was 888bhp and combined torque 590lb ft. The C-X75 could crack 0-60mph in 2.8sec and promised 0-100mph in less than 6.0sec. An all-electric range of 60 miles was quoted.

Hallmark said the undisclosed investment in the C-X75 would not be wasted, and 60 per cent of its technology would filter through to future Jaguars. The hybrid technology, he said, could be used on a three-cylinder engine to give it the power of a six-cylinder engine.

The C-X75's sophisticated aerodynamics should also influence future Jaguars, while the high-pressure supercharger technology could be used on future performance Jaguars with four-cylinder engines.

Hallmark said around 100 expressions of interest had been taken in the C-X75, with the maximum number of cars to be built capped at 250.

The C-X75's carbonfibre chassis was developed with the Williams F1 team. Hallmark said the relationship with Williams would end in May when the project died, but he expected the pair to work again in the future.

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11 December 2012

Surely.

11 December 2012

If there is a market for the Huayra, McLaren P1, new Enzo, why not this?

Could it be that selling a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder car for a million pounds when the initial promise was gas turbines is the real problem?

A bit like when they promised and took 1500 deposites on a 4 wheel drive V12 XJ-220 and delivered one with a V6 and 2 wheel drive.

 

 

 

11 December 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

If there is a market for the Huayra, McLaren P1, new Enzo, [Porsche 918], why not this?

Quite.

First the "4.3m FWD saloon", then the "BMW 3-series rival", now the ephemeral C-X75. Jaguar's range of Vapourware goes from strength to strength!

So what happened to the claimed "£1.9bn" annual profits of JLR, being ploughed back into R&D and unprecedented new product development? 

All that's required now is the announcement of Dr Michael Lynch, ex of Autonomy infamy, to join the JLR board as head of Ethics.

It's all going Pete Tong for the Anglo-Indian chancers. 

11 December 2012

benzpassionblog wrote:

Leslie Brook wrote:

If there is a market for the Huayra, McLaren P1, new Enzo, [Porsche 918], why not this?

Quite.

First the "4.3m FWD saloon", then the "BMW 3-series rival", now the ephemeral C-X75. Jaguar's range of Vapourware goes from strength to strength!

So what happened to the claimed "£1.9bn" annual profits of JLR, being ploughed back into R&D and unprecedented new product development? 

All that's required now is the announcement of Dr Michael Lynch, ex of Autonomy infamy, to join the JLR board as head of Ethics.

It's all going Pete Tong for the Anglo-Indian chancers. 

For someone who holds JLR in utter contempt, you sure do have a lot to say(or not as the case may be)  Why bother?  If you hate something so much, why spend so much of your time, whinging, looking and gobbing on about it?  Get out of your bedroom and get some fresh air

TS7

11 December 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

Could it be that selling a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder car for a million pounds when the initial promise was gas turbines is the real problem?

 

Exactly this, in my opinion.

11 December 2012

TS7 wrote:

Leslie Brook wrote:

Could it be that selling a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder car for a million pounds when the initial promise was gas turbines is the real problem?

Exactly this, in my opinion.

Reminds of the promise and the reality of the JX220's engine. The promise was a v12, the reality the turbocharged v6 from Metro 6R4.

11 December 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

If there is a market for the Huayra, McLaren P1, new Enzo, why not this?

Could it be that selling a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder car for a million pounds when the initial promise was gas turbines is the real problem?

A bit like when they promised and took 1500 deposites on a 4 wheel drive V12 XJ-220 and delivered one with a V6 and 2 wheel drive.

Its probably a fear jaguar still had from last time around.  Plus  for a short period of time it was the fastest car in the world but it fell just short of the target of 220mph.  Something the V12 possibly would have eclipsed.

11 December 2012

Leslie Brook wrote:

If there is a market for the Huayra, McLaren P1, new Enzo, why not this?

because that market doesn't want a mainstream brand like Jaguar. In addition this particular brand has form when it comes to this sort of project. Economic conditions my arse: they knew it was a dud.

You also just have to look at the performance of EVs to realise that plug-ins are getting as quick as last year's exotics, turbine powered or otherwise. Within no time at all you'll be able to buy an EV that pummels any petrol engine equivalent for half the cost.

The video of the current M5 vs Tesla S makes the BMW look and sound like a complete dinosaur, which is incidentally how this C-X75 would have seemed had it ever gone on sale.

11 December 2012

A big shame and understandable regarding the decision.  It was a highly ambitious plan and though I think the firm could have pulled it off, £800,000 to 1 mil is a hell of a lot for a Jag.  I would be great if the firm could incoporate the look of the C-X75 as the replacement for the XK. In fact the only thing I would change visually would be the front light units.  The rest of the car is just glorious

11 December 2012

Very disappointing but a high revving 1.6 just doesn't cut it for a supercar image does it? Rethink it engineered with an efficient V8 and two electric motors would do just fine. With a Willams badge on it even better (remember the TWR XJR-15?).

It will be interesting to watch how well the Ferrari Enzo replacement, the Mac P1, the Porsche 918, and next Honda NSX sell over the next three years....... 

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