More than a few of us were deeply captivated by the Jaguar C-X75 concept car from 2011, an experimental hybrid supercar that featured turbine propulsion assisted by a hybrid electric motor system.
The turbine system didn’t quite make it past the concept stage, but we were told that Jaguar would be making this 800-horsepower, $1 million supercar, aided instead by an exotic 1.6-liter four-cylinder that was both turbocharged and supercharged. As a result, it would make 500 horsepower through the engine and another 300 horsepower with electricity.
Alas, just a few months ago, the program was halted. Oddly enough, Jaguar said it would be finishing up development of the Jaguar C-X75, with five complete cars being produced. The company would hang on to at least one of them, and the other four would hit the auction block.
Now, as it has completed the development of the cars, it’s boasting that the technology in these Jags is amazing. It’ll go around a track like a Bugatti Veyron, have the all-electric range of a Chevrolet Volt–about 35 miles–and produce fewer CO2 emissions than a Toyota Prius. But you can’t really buy one. It’s like a pharmaceutical company saying it has found the universal cure for cancer without ever letting consumers buy it.
The Jaguar C-X75′s technology will live on, but we don’t know in what capacity. All we do know is that the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari are all similar in concept, but they’re actually seeing the light of day. The Jag beat them to the punch, but it won’t beat them anywhere in the real world. Not now at least.
Check out the Jaguar C-X75 in the videos below.
Sources: Jaguar, Autocar