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Technical specs for C-X75 confirmed

Jaguar has confirmed some of the technical specifications of its upcoming hybrid hypercar, the C-X75, including its conventional power source, a 1.6 turbocharged and supercharged motor that revs to 10 000 r/min and generates in the region of 375 kW. Two electric motors on the front and rear axles will complement the petrol powerplant and the C-X75 will be capable of hitting a 320 km/h top speed and getting from standstill to 100 km/h in less than three seconds.

Perhaps even more impressive than the incredibly powerful 1.6 (which replaces the the jet turbines that appeared on the 2010 concept pictured here) is the fact that the C-X75 is still more than capable of decent performance when running on electric power alone. It has an all-electric range of 60 km and will still be able to get from 0-100 km/h in six seconds without using the petrol engine.

Jaguar has focused on keeping all the heavier elements of the car within the wheelbase, mounting the engine in the middle, the battering just 85 mm from that and the 7-speed automated manual transmission inside the wheelbase. Why not a dual-clutch unit on such an advanced piece of machinery? Well, it’s all part of the diet – Jaguar reckons it’s saved 100 kg by using a single-clutch ’box.

Carbon fibre will also feature heavily on the C-X75, with the bonded monocoque having been developed in conjunction with the Williams F1 team. Although it was originally thought that the engine, too, benefited from F1 development (as the sport will soon adopt the same 1600 cm3 capacity), Jaguar said the engine is an all-new design that was developed in-house at Gaydon.

The C-X75 makes use of both direct and port-fed fuel injection as the system helps to maximise either efficiency or power, depending on the driving requirements at any given time. The engines power is either sent to the rear wheels or used to charge the battery, again depending on the requirements. The electric motor on the front axles never decouples, making the C-X75 permanent all-wheel drive, which Jaguar says is crucial to the handling of the car.

Don’t get too excited yet though – despite the confirmation of technical specifications, the C-X75 is still not a definite for production. That said, should it ultimately get the green light, you can expect much of the dramatic design of the 2010 concept to make it onto the final production model, as well as the active aerodynamics.

Approximately 200 C-X75s will be built if it makes it through the rest of the development process and if you want to park it in your garage, you’ll have to part with the equivalent of around R12 million.

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