Jaguar is to put its hybrid supercar concept into production, it announced May 6.
The British luxury marque will begin building the C-X75, originally shown as a concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, as part of a limited-edition run of 250 models.
The C-X75 was one of the stars of last year’s Paris show, packing futuristic twin turbine generators which weighed 50 kg each to power its four electric engines and reach a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).
Now, the model will be built in association with Formula 1 manufacturer Williams and will bear the Jaguar marque, and it will have a price tag to match its pedigree, starting from £700,000 (around €790,000).
The chassis will be made of lightweight carbon fiber with aerodynamics and carbon composite manufacture technology coming from Williams, and will offer a top speed in excess of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of under three seconds.
However, the powertrain is set to be very different from that showcased in the concept version, which was a micro-turbine — in effect a miniature jet engine that could be fired to produce electricity.
While Jaguar says it will continue to develop the technology in the “medium-term”, the C-X75 will use a more traditional small-form combustion engine alongside an electric motor on each axle.
The combination will give the vehicle an all-electric range of 50km and low-emission operations of less than 99g/km in carbon dioxide.
Those interested can register at Jaguar’s website for the model.