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

To divert attention away from the C-X75 cancellation story, re-announce on the same day a months old story about an indeterminate date in the future building of an indeterminate new car in Arabia, and call it (hard) news :

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/jaguar-land-rover-ponders-saudi-arabia-assembly-plant

- 31 August 2012.

They, JLR, and their press handmaidens, really are without shame.

ps talking of JLR vapourware, does anyone know what happened to the massively ballyhooed - formal announcement made by the deputy PM, no less - new JLR engine plant in Wolverhampton?

It was first semi-officially announced in April 2011, then officially in Sep 2011, and since then, according to the land owners, South Staffs Council, only site preparation has taken place - at the cost of S.Staffs taxpayers.

In the same time, of roughly 18 months, poor old bankrupt GM Europe has built and commissioned a brand new engine plant in Hungary.

The question is, was this 'I54' engine plant yet another JLR 'vapourware' announcement, like the C-X75, and 3-series rival?

Looks like if JLR ever build an actual new engine plant it will be in either China or India.

11 December 2012

The steel structure for the plant is already up. You can see the shape of the plant for months now. You can find a few real pictures of it online.

benzpassionblog wrote:

To divert attention away from the C-X75 cancellation story, re-announce on the same day a months old story about an indeterminate date in the future building of an indeterminate new car in Arabia, and call it (hard) news :

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/jaguar-land-rover-ponders-saudi-arabia-assembly-plant

- 31 August 2012.

They, JLR, and their press handmaidens, really are without shame.

ps talking of JLR vapourware, does anyone know what happened to the massively ballyhooed - formal announcement made by the deputy PM, no less - new JLR engine plant in Wolverhampton?

It was first semi-officially announced in April 2011, then officially in Sep 2011, and since then, according to the land owners, South Staffs Council, only site preparation has taken place - at the cost of S.Staffs taxpayers.

In the same time, of roughly 18 months, poor old bankrupt GM Europe has built and commissioned a brand new engine plant in Hungary.

The question is, was this 'I54' engine plant yet another JLR 'vapourware' announcement, like the C-X75, and 3-series rival?

Looks like if JLR ever build an actual new engine plant it will be in either China or India.

11 December 2012

 

urbansouljah wrote:

The steel structure for the plant is already up. You can see the shape of the plant for months now. You can find a few real pictures of it online.

Things are more serious than even I thought for Tata's JLR. They've wheeled out one of their most notorious internet shills, usually found on American auto sites, like Edmunds Insideline, MotorTrend... , extolling the virtues of, for example Jaguar's "new" I4 TI engine - cough, Ford's existing EcoBoost - and suchlike transparent BS. How's the pay? Decent?

Okay, notwithstanding the land owner, South Staffs council, having nothign to report on progress at the 'I54' site, beyond pubic taxpayer paid work to put a bridge over the M54, let's just for argument sake take you at your word. So, two simple questions, to ascertain the non-vapourwareness of JLR's supposed new 'i54' engine plant:

1. When is it due open? Not finished construction, but first 'Job No.1' production engine sliding out for delivery to Solihull, Halewood etc.. When? Next year? 2014? 2015? Ever?

2. What will it make? As far as anyone knows 'i54' is meant to build JLR's "new family of 4cyl petrol and diesel engines", right? So, given that such a thing does not exist, only existing Ford/PSA-Ford 4 cyl petrol and diesel engines respectively, i.e. the 2.0 litre Ford EcoBoost currently made in Ford Valencia, and the 2.2l PSA DW12 designed engine made by Ford currently in Dagenham, just what will 'i54' be making?

Like, the question to 'jonboy' last week, on when will we see Jaguar's 3-series rival - no answer came, because it doesn't exist - I believe no 'i54' engine plant will exist either, and there is no "JLR new 4 cyl petrol and diesel engine family", but it'll be entertaining at least to see what Jackanory JLR's press office feed you with this time.

11 December 2012

I was really hoping they would crack this and show the rest of the world how to make an EV work in the real world with a Gas Turbine.  Dream over!

Myk

11 December 2012

This is obviously not the full story.  With the promised tech and the interest already shown Jaguar could have sold the intended production run.

I'm rather interested in what Jaguar are hiding.

11 December 2012

I suspect this is a reflection of the way JLR see's its future. Overpriced chintzy shopping trolleys for those with more money than sense rather than true sports cars.

TBC

11 December 2012

Makes you wonder whether the bean counters have been number crunching and pulled the plug to prevent a Veyron scenario. Hopefully the money that was assigned to the C-X75 can be spent on something that will actually turn a profit.

11 December 2012

It's ironic I watched an episode of TG where they previewed this car and got me thinking not that long now till we should see a production version. A shame, but at least Jaguar are been realistic, not making the same mistake they did with the XJ220, I look forward to seeing the technology elsewhere, but its a shame this will never make it hopefully it will at least feature in a computer game from a well known franchise Smile

Also someone in the blog mentioned the XJR15 - yes one of the worst handling cars ever made due to the engine mountered too high and not enough downforce on the rear - so lets hope that Williams don't bulld the successor to that!

Not a sheep following the herd when it comes to car choices

11 December 2012

A very smart move....given the technogy they were going to use and what the competition has on offer, There was no competitive advantage in what they had on hand.

Investment in the market requires hard cost/benefit calculations and JLR rightly decided to put their money where there is better chance of a good return.

GeToD

11 December 2012

I am truely sorry that this Benz idiot posts here for everyone to have to read his constant ignorant and ill informed diretribe, I am sure that if he spent as much time putting actually researching his incorrect information, than postijng the crap we would see little of him.

Maybe i should supply him with the email addreses of the Tax office, so he can get the correct info on the income and tax paid therefore he would get the right figure for profits, rather relying on the legally bound figures for companies, i should also send emails for the various sales figures instead of again relying on the legally bound figures from the SMMT.

Maybe Autocar should just ban the troll, but hey ho, he already has other accounts according to others on this site, or maybe he should just not bother making his pathetic innacurate comments, but he wont because he thinks it makes him cool, yeah right.

I along with others are fed up to the back teeth of your whining and false statements, if you cant just get the facts right then please go back to your bedroom and carry on wearing out you wrist over the latest MB product.

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