Jaguar C-X75 supercar to pack a 500hp twincharged 4-cylinder
The Jaguar C-X75 as a concept used a pair of jet turbine engines to charge the hybrid electrical system but the production version of the Jaguar C-X75 will derive its battery charging capabilities from a twin charged 4-cylinder engine measuring just 1.6 liters. For those unfamiliar with the term “twin charging”, this indicates that the new 4-cylinder Jaguar engine will call on the help of both belt-driven supercharger and a traditional turbocharged driven by exhaust gas pressure to boost the output of this diminutive engine.
The supercharged and turbocharged engine of the Jaguar C-X75 provides a massive 500 horsepower with engine speeds reaching an absolutely incredible 10,000rpm. This power can be either channeled to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automated manual transmission for motive power or it can be used to charge the 600 volt battery that uses a pair of electric motors to constantly drive the front and rear wheels. Regardless of the drive mode – be it pure electric or when the gasoline engine is assisting – the Jaguar C-X75 provides all wheel drive traction. The 1.6L engine and the 600 volt battery are mounted in the middle of the Jaguar C-X75 for supreme weight balance and improved handling while the electric motors and the 7-speed manual transmission are mounted out towards the front and rear axle.
The Jaguar C-X75 will be incredibly lightweight with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that was designed with help from the folks at the Williams Formula 1 team. This design helps to keep the (currently unstated) curb weight very low, which when mated with the high tech hybrid drivetrain allows the C-X75 supercar to dash from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds while reaching top speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. We can also expect that the Jaguar C-X75 will be able to handle as well as the best supercars in the world. More impressively, the electric drivetrain allows up the C-X75 to cruise in pure EV mode at speeds up to 40 miles per hour with a range of roughly 37 miles. When running in EV mode, the C-X75 can reportedly still hit 60 miles per hour in just 6 seconds.
Jaguar reportedly intends to make just 200 examples of the awesome C-X75 hybrid supercar with a price that is expected to range somewhere between $1.1 and 1.4 million US dollars. The British automaker has yet to say whether the production version of the Jaguar C-X75 will look like the concept version that has spent the last two years touring the world but having seen the C-X75 concept in person, I see no reason why the sleek silver body of the concept (shown above on the right) couldn’t smoothly slide right into production.