You will never get to drive a C-X75. But you should be excited that it exists anyway, because you’ll be able to drive pieces of it. Let us explain.
A concept car from 2010 demonstrating Jaguar’s idea of a hybrid, plans to actually build and sell the car were scrapped in 2012 because Jaguar thought it was the wrong market to introduce a $1 million supercar. But they will be using the technology, and did build the prototypes, and that results in a fascinating look at the car of the future.
The C-X75 was pretty badass even in 2010. Each wheel had its own electric motor, powered by gas turbines that ran on diesel. The overall result was a supercar with 778 horsepower and ridiculously low emissions. That’s important not least because supercars are gas hogs: Turning one into something that amounted to a Prius gas-wise was an achievement.
The production model got rid of the turbines in favor of a gas engine that was highly fuel efficient: It gets over 500 horsepower out four cylinders and 1.6 liters, thanks to being turbocharged and supercharged. But they kept the four electric motors, partially because they improved performance and gave it all wheel drive. Needless to say, it has a carbon fiber body, aerodynamic design from Williams F1, and the usual bells and whistles you’d expect from a supercar.
What’s truly fascinating, though, is that Jaguar admits this is a testbed for future cars. A lot of this technology will be turning up in production vehicles, making them faster, more powerful, and far more fuel efficient. That’s probably the best reason to be excited over a car you’ll never get to drive: It’ll contribute, substantially, to making the cars you do get to drive that much better.
Although if you have a few million, Jaguar is auctioning three off. Just saying.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.