Yesterday Jaguar Land Rover laid out its intentions to produce what it hopes will be the world’s sexiest plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Jaguar C-X75. In conjunction with Williams F1, the C-X75 is notable for its low CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency, while flaunting at the same time 780 horses and a top speed over 200 mph.
In addition to a compact, optimized internal combustion engine, each wheel has its own electric motor. This popular new design can be seen in several new hybrid vehicles on the market because it reduces inefficiency and, in this case, allows the car to travel 30 miles on battery power alone. Jaguar also made use of Williams F1’s extensive expertise in aerodynamics in order to further improve the performance of the vehicle. One innovation born out of the partnership is a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, which creates downforce, featuring a dynamic aerofoil that lowers automatically as velocity increases.
“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands,” said Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”
The transition from concept car to road car has begun with the construction of five prototypes meant to showcase the supercar before official production begins in 2013. The C-X75 is expected to bring 100 skilled jobs to the United Kingdom, where Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company, Tata Motors, has made significant investments in its production facilities.
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