2012 C-X75 Plug-in Parallel Hybrid Hyper Car
This C-X75 is prototype CX03 of 5, built in September 2012. Shakedown work started early in October and within a week it was at Rockingham track, near Corby in Northamptonshire being tested at high speeds. Most of its life was spent at the Gaydon Proving Ground developing the chassis – but the car also put in an appearance at the Goodwood festival of speed in 2013.
Over the years it has worn four different colours. It started life as carbon black and has been wrapped a number of times for different publicity shots and now sports the orange colour as featured in the film.
When Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 in 2010, it was the beginning of a new chapter in innovation and technological advancement that would see the car evolve from a design concept to a fully working prototype in just two years. In that short time span, Jaguar and development partner Williams Advanced Engineering created an all-wheel drive, plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with the world’s highest specific power engine and Jaguar’s first carbon composite monocoque chassis. Power was provided by a 1.6 litre petrol engine delivering 500 bhp (almost twice the 265 bhp of a 4.2 litre E-type) special Lithium-ion batteries and the lightest and most powerful electric motors in the world. This gave the C-X75, hypercar performance of 200 mph with CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km.
Although the decision was taken in 2012 that as a result of the global economic climate the C-X75 would not enter full production, it was clear that it was a powerful showcase for Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in lightweight vehicle construction and the ideal test-bed for the company’s innovative research into high-performance, low emission powertrains. The great achievements in the development of C-X75 prototypes, including cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered in association with Williams Advanced Engineering will be utilised in other areas of research and development, innovative future products and next-generation engineering for the Jaguar brand.
The Global Brand Director of Jaguar said “The C-X75 programme represents the pinnacle of Jaguar’s engineering and design expertise. It is arguably the world’s fastest test-bed for the world’s most advanced technologies, combining as it does a remarkable hybrid powertrain with awe-inspiring performance. Jaguar is always looking to shape the cars of tomorrow and with projects like C-X75 we are laying the foundations for the next generation of Jaguar innovations.”
This car has now been de-commissioned and its battery, weighing 350 kg, removed.
Chassis Number: SAJAA7501EMX02669
Owner: Jaguar Land Rover Classic
Inventory Number: 211/J.147