Jaguar plans to build a hybrid supercar with an acceleration from 0 to 100km/h of 3.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300km/h.
The premium carmaker, a unit of Tata Motors of India, said the model is based on the C-X75 concept car it showed at the Paris auto show last year.
“The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar brand director.
The company said the production version of the C-X75 will stay true to the concept car, although some changes will be made to achieve homologation for road use.
Jaguar will cooperate with motor sports engineering company Williams F1, which will provide engineering expertise in aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacturing and hybrid technologies. More than 100 skilled jobs will be created in the UK to build the car.
“Confirmation of this project today signposts Jaguar Land Rover’s continued determination to embrace new technologies,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth.
The company said that, despite the C-X75”²s performance characteristics, it should have CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km. Jaguar hopes to achieve this goal through lightweight construction and new powertrain technology.
Jaguar will build only 250 units of the C-X75 and expects them to cost between 700,000 pounds and 900,000 pounds, depending on local market and tax conditions.
Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster cited the UK heritage of Jaguar and his resolve to boost technology innovation at the premium brand. “This is the Jaguar of the future,” he said. “The opportunity for innovation like this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar, and it’s fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality.”
Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover from Ford three years ago.
Key characteristics of the C-X75 supercar include:
- Hybrid powertrain and CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km
- Downsized gasoline engine with two powerful electric motors and four-wheel-drive
- All-electric running range in excess of 50km
- Lightweight, all-carbon-fiber chassis