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

Stuart Milne wrote:

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.

Okay, so they received expressions of interest for 40% of the build number before the car had even gone on sale and they pulled the plug.  I rather suspect they pulled the plug because the car was never going to cut it against other top-end supercars.  Bugatti are now working on their 1600bhp super-Veyron so the global economic crisis hasn't put Bugatti off.  Jaguar clearly don't realise buyers at the very top end of the market are unaffected by economic downturns, or maybe they do.

 

11 December 2012

That isn't the real reason - although I am not sure what is.

The market IS there for this sort of car and they could probably get away with selling it for a tad more if Aston's 1-77 is anything to go by, especially if it promises to be a real step forward in tech terms.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 December 2012

Not with Porsche's 918 on the seen now!

Peter Cavellini.

11 December 2012

I agree with Londonist this time.

And while I stil hope that old-school supercars like the F12 will continue to be produced I am not a fan of the so called hypercars. Maybe they still could make some sense if developed by Ferrari, who has a strong tradition in these kind of cars and a large numbers of devoted customers-collectors or Porsche and McLaren because an hypercar could represent the most extreme expression of their range. But an hypercar made by Jaguar is like an hypercar made by VW (the Veyron), it doesn't make much sense.

11 December 2012

What JLR needs now desperately is a friendly car rag to stick 5 *s on another of their hugely overpriced, hugely hyped products, to divert attention from this excruciatingly embarrassing and revealing of Tata's true intentions towards JLR story.

I'm sure if they wait, oh 5 mins, Autocar will oblige.

 

11 December 2012

benzpassionblog wrote:

What JLR needs now desperately is a friendly car rag to stick 5 *s on another of their hugely overpriced, hugely hyped products, to divert attention from this excruciatingly embarrassing and revealing of Tata's true intentions towards JLR story.

I'm sure if they wait, oh 5 mins, Autocar will oblige.

 

 

Hmmm, do you really dislike Jaguar or is this the school playground scenario.  Picking on a pretty girl when all your heart desired was to skip along, hand in hand, laughing and giggling and chasing bumblebees and butterflies in a meadow????

11 December 2012

averageman wrote:

benzpassionblog wrote:

What JLR needs now desperately is a friendly car rag to stick 5 *s on another of their hugely overpriced, hugely hyped products, to divert attention from this excruciatingly embarrassing and revealing of Tata's true intentions towards JLR story.

I'm sure if they wait, oh 5 mins, Autocar will oblige.

 

 

Hmmm, do you really dislike Jaguar or is this the school playground scenario.  Picking on a pretty girl when all your heart desired was to skip along, hand in hand, laughing and giggling and chasing bumblebees and butterflies in a meadow????

Now that's funny. I suspect that's what he's doing too, probably has a secret shrine to the F-type and the XF-R.

11 December 2012

benzpassionblog wrote:

What JLR needs now desperately is a friendly car rag to stick 5 *s on another of their hugely overpriced, hugely hyped products, to divert attention from this excruciatingly embarrassing and revealing of Tata's true intentions towards JLR story.

I'm sure if they wait, oh 5 mins, Autocar will oblige.

 

 

This is becoming more and more like the ramblings of an insane bigot..... 

11 December 2012

benzpassionblog wrote:

What JLR needs now desperately is a friendly car rag to stick 5 *s on another of their hugely overpriced, hugely hyped products, to divert attention from this excruciatingly embarrassing and revealing of Tata's true intentions towards JLR story.

I'm sure if they wait, oh 5 mins, Autocar will oblige.

 

Seriously, I'm interested in why you seem so bitter.  What is your problem?  You act as if Jaguar are some kind of 18th century horse box and Mercedes et al are the star ship enterprise. 

I own an XF, and to compare it to the 5 series I had previously:-

The XF looks better; it rides better (I cant emphasise that enough); it goes better; it has more equipment; the stereo is better; the gearbox is better; I get better customer service. 

And when I get into my inlaws new c-class it feels like stepping back in time (and dont get me started on why it never seems to be in the right gear).

Don't get me wrong I liked my BMW, I like my in-laws Merc, but the opinions you have are just absurd, they really are.

11 December 2012

Its no loss. If they wanted to make it, i am sure it would go well enough with the supercharged V8 in it. And it wouldnt need to be £800,000 either. And it would sell better i imagine.

 

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