One fewer wildcat: Jaguar cancels the C-X75 hybrid supercar

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In an interview with Autocar, Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director for Jaguar, said, “We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar.” Although sounding certainly reasonable, we wonder if this is actually the real reason. If this were the case for the cancellation of the C-X75, wouldn’t it have nullified the project at conception? After all, the C-X75 prototype didn’t debut until 2010, a good two years into the global recession.

Whatever the reason, the C-X75 is no longer on its way. Unlike recent Jags, the C-X75 wouldn’t have been a V8-powered, rear-wheel drive hunk of aluminum. Instead, the C-X75 would have been powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine coupled with two electric motors, one at each end of the vehicle. By any automakers’ standards, it would have been representative of forward thinking. For Jaguar, however, it was monumentally forward.

We’ll admit, on the surface, the powertrain doesn’t sound that out of the ordinary by today’s plug-in hybrid standards. Consider, however, its power output: 888 net horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Those impressive numbers would send the C-X75 from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and 0-100 in 6 seconds. For drivers who weren’t feeling too punchy, the C-X75 was capable of traveling 60 miles on a single electric charge.

Not that it makes much difference now, but the C-X75 had a carbon-fiber chassis designed by the Williams Formula One race team, which surely would have been spectacular.

According to the Autocar article, Jaguar said the C-X75 hybrid technology development will be used in future Jaguars, claiming that the hybrid system could be used to make three-cylinder engines as powerful as a six-cylinder. Also, should Jaguar choose to implement its high-pressure supercharger, it could be used to amp up the power output on four-cylinder models.

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