Jet-powered Jaguar wows Paris crowdsNew C-X75 concept has a top speed of 205mph

30 September 2010

The C-X75 is capable of up to 205mph

The C-X75 is capable of up to 205mph

Jaguar has wowed journalists at the Paris Motor Show by unveiling an ultra-efficient jet-powered supercar.

The curvy C-X75, which is capable of up to 205mph, can hurtle from 0-62mph in a lightning-quick 3.4 seconds. Floorn the throttle and you’ll get from 50-90mph in just 2.3 seconds.

So far, so supercar. But there’s a catch – the C-X75 runs on batteries. Four powerful 145kW (195bhp) electric motors – one for each wheel - produce 780bhp, and the C-X75 delivers an incredible 1180lb ft of torque (pulling power).

Jet turbines

C-X75 has two ‘micro gas’ turbines

C-X75 has two ‘micro gas’ turbines

Flaky batteries mean electric cars can often only travel short distances on electric-only power. Indeed, the C-X75 can manage just 68 miles on its battery juice alone. But Jaguar has found a way to ‘top up’ the batteries using super-efficient jet turbines. Yes, really.

Apparently, the C-X75’s two ‘micro gas’ turbines, which spin at 80,000 rpm, can generate enough electricity to extend the range to 560 miles. And the best news is that they produce just 28 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

As an alternative to jet power, which uses conventional fuel from the supercar’s 60-litre tank, drivers can top up the C-X75’s batteries using a regular household mains supply.

C-X75 is still a concept

Finished in ‘Jetstream Silver’, the C-X75 is shorter and lower than most other supercars. Jaguar says its design, which takes cues from the 1950s C-Type and D-Type racing cars, is very much about performance, with a carbon-fibre rear diffuser and a special aerodynamic front grille increasing efficiency and handling.

Inside, the steering wheel, controls, main binnacle and pedal box all adjust towards the driver. Seats are attached to the bulkhead, just like in a single-seat racer, and air to feed the turbines passes around them through channels in the structure of the car. A new touchscreen interface has also been designed especially for the C-X75.

We haven’t seen the car move yet and, for the moment at least, it’s not likely we will; Jaguar says it’s strictly a concept car. Still, it's managed to steal the show.

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