Jaguar C-X75 Concept Diesel-Electric Awesomeness
In brief: Jaguar is rolling out a new look amongst all of its supercar sports lineup, including with the new C-X75 diesel-electric hybrid concept.
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Jaguar has been introducing a new design for all of it's X-series supercars (XF, XJ, and XK). The C-X75 (C = "concept" and X = "eXperimental" and "75" as Jaguar's 75th anniversary) is a totally new direction for the company.
The 2-seat sports car is Jaguar's first attempt at "green" with their vehicles. The car uses diesel-fed micro-turbines, which are more emissions-clean than standard diesel engines. These are range-extenders for an electric power train.
Four electric motors sit in each wheel hub giving 780bhp (1,578lb-ft torque). Batteries are lithium-ion at 15kWh and are slung along the center of the car for weight balance.
The micro-turbines are where it's at with this concept, though. Jaguar is developing them mostly in-house and these aren't the same as the already on-market Capstone turbines. Jaguar says they're far from production-ready, but give it five or six years and that will change.
And so ...
Doing 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and getting up to 205mph with the looks that only Jaguar can pull off? Hell ya, this is a supercar.
Photo credits: Jaguar Paris Show 2011 PR
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