Jaguar and Williams F1 to create hybrid supercar

9 May 2011

Jaguar is to build its C-X75 concept car as a hybrid supercar and will draw on the engineering expertise of Formula 1 racing group Williams F1 on areas such as aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies when building the car in the UK.

The Jaguar C-X75 concept car was originally showcased last year at the Paris 2010 motor show, but Jaguar says it is only creating 250 hybrid versions of the C-X75, which it expects will emit less than 99g/km of CO2 emissions.

Super price tag

However, the supercar will also come with a mega price tag, costing from between £700,000 and £900,000 sterling, depending on market and local taxes.

The C-X75 will be a fusion of internal combustion power and electric motors, achieving zero to 60mph in less than three seconds and an all-electric running range in excess of 50km.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s brand director, speaking at the announcement on Friday.

Jaguar says the production of the C-X75 will create more than 100 highly skilled jobs in the UK.

The car’s chassis will be made of carbon fibre to create a lightweight, yet rigidly strong structure, says Jaguar, while its internal combustion engine will feature an electric motor at each axle.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic