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

jonboy4969 wrote:

is a total arse.

Hello Jon, handy you're back. Perhaps now you could finally give us that answer,  as to when that Jaguar 3-series rival goes on sale? Before the sun cools, or after?

12 December 2012

jonboy4969 wrote:

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.

 

Whats the debate with tax? Jaguar doing a starbucks and not being 'moral' with tax?

13 December 2012

jonboy4969 wrote:

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 think it's obvious that benz and german power are one person

11 December 2012

and in response to yet another question he askes

 

that car will be officially launched in 2015, once the F has been fully launched worldwide, and the XK has been further enhanced to take it passed the next generation XF and before a major facelift of the XJ.

No SUV has been officially offered in the range but should it be given the go ahead that will be by 2018.

Engines will be fully online (2015) once a soft start has ironed out any production issues and issues surrounding government planning and the building of the factory are complete (building has commenced), the work on the Chinese plant has been given Chinese approval and is in full flow, Indian Factory open and producing product. (UK planning is not as easy as GM's Hungary plant so grow up)

So, i really dont think that JLR has done badly considering how badly Ford had treated it, in the few years of ownership.

I now await all the contradictions to these.

 

11 December 2012

jonboy4969 wrote:

that car will be officially launched in 2015

so just after the sun cools.

Amazing how so many JLR vapours, er, 'new' products are due in 2015/16, or perenially '3 to 4 years away', just enough to keep the saps enticed, but just too far off to have to show real metal. Handy.

Likewise 'i54'. So it's 2015 on-line now! At initial announcement it was mid 2013! My, how things backslide at JLR.

You still haven't answered what it will be making, other than vapour. Where is this "new 4 cyl engine family" and when will it be launched? Will i54 assemble Ford's EcoBoost and Duartorq petrols and diesels under licence from the 2015 start date or this mysterious new  engine family, no one's seen sight nor light of?

As to 'eddy' below, the 'construction' work at i54 in Aug/Sep was for site prep., and demolition and installation of a new roadbridge over the M54, adjacent to i54. The official website for news has nothing to report on progress since early November. If 2015 is the real operational date, this small beer engine plant will have had a gestation of nearly four years. It makes no sense.

http://www.i54online.com/

http://www.i54southstaffordshire.co.uk/preview/i54_roadworks_latest.html

11 December 2012

There are real photos of the actual building online. Well the steel structure that is already in place anyway

benzpassionblog wrote:

jonboy4969 wrote:

that car will be officially launched in 2015

so just after the sun cools.

Amazing how so many JLR vapours, er, 'new' products are due in 2015/16, or perenially '3 to 4 years away', just enough to keep the saps enticed, but just too far off to have to show real metal. Handy.

Likewise 'i54'. So it's 2015 on-line now! At initial announcement it was mid 2013! My, how things backslide at JLR.

You still haven't answered what it will be making, other than vapour. Where is this "new 4 cyl engine family" and when will it be launched? Will i54 assemble Ford's EcoBoost and Duartorq petrols and diesels under licence from the 2015 start date or this mysterious new  engine family, no one's seen sight nor light of?

As to 'eddy' below, the 'construction' work at i54 in Aug/Sep was for site prep., and demolition and installation of a new roadbridge over the M54, adjacent to i54. The official website for news has nothing to report on progress since early November. If 2015 is the real operational date, this small beer engine plant will have had a gestation of nearly four years. It makes no sense.

http://www.i54online.com/

http://www.i54southstaffordshire.co.uk/preview/i54_roadworks_latest.html

11 December 2012

It definately exists - Pics here

http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2012-08-29/first-look-at-construction-on-new-jaguar-land-rover-site/

http://www.i54online.com/latest-news

as for launch timing, do you know BMW /audi/mercs engine line up for the next 3-5 years?

 

11 December 2012

Benz, can you please tell me when the C Class convertible will be released with the engines and trim levels can you also tell me which factory around the world will be building it.

Can you advise if it will be a hard retractable or soft manual/auto, can you advise if it will have the MB eco engine or standar fuel based plants.

 

I have answered your questions now answer mine !!!!! 

11 December 2012

A very interesting debate going on here - despite the vitriol. Some terrible grammar though - ie "diretribe" - I ask you! I wonder if maybe Jaguar never had any intention of making this from the outsiet and it was really just an exercise in producing something sexy that would garner a few headlines globally and serve as a chance to get their heads together with Williams. Let's face it the £1 million supercar market really is the ultimate niche one. Ratan Tata has always seen Jaguar as erring more towards tthe serious sportscar end of the market than sedate saloons so can't see he would have pulled the plug on something as prestigious as this if it was ever serious. Some interesteing ideas about the engine factory that is/isn't and the 3-Series rival that might never come too.

11 December 2012

So its been canned due to the current economic crisis? But the 918, Huarya, P1, 'F70', Aventador, Agera etc are either on sale, and are doing ok, or are due to go on sale with no hint of being axed. There will always be a market for hypercars whatever the economic situation due to the thousands or millions of super wealthy people around, where £1m is a drop in the ocean.

I suspect the real reason is that Jaguar got the powerplant spec wrong, and came across development and real world issues as a result, miscalcuated the R&D costs and, perhaps, didnt quite have the nounce of its competitors in this market. This is the 2nd time Jaguar have come across problems with their hypercars, but this news does not surprise me.

Shame as the C-X75 looks stunning.

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