Four-Wheel Drive Electric Supercar – Jaguar C-X75 Makes North American Debut
LOS ANGELES, C.A., NOVEMBER 17, 2010 – Jaguar’s stunning range-extended electric supercar concept – the C-X75 – makes its North American Debut at this year’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Also on display at the Jaguar stand are the 2011 XJ, XK and XF. This 2011 Model Year lineup will be on display for press review on November 17 – 18 and available during the public show days from November 19 – 28.
C-X75 CONCEPT The C-X75, designed to celebrate 75 years of the marque, provides a glimpse into the future of Jaguar and its commitment to producing beautiful, fast cars, powered by sustainable means. The C-X75 boasts advanced design features such as a ground-breaking propulsion system, and active aerodynamics allow for an elegantly simple fuselage section that remains stable at very high speeds.
Shorter and lower than the current crop of supercars, its exterior design is about pure performance with a simple central fuselage surrounded by prominent wheel arches. Thanks to the packaging efficiencies provided by the absence of a conventional piston engine, the car’s designers had maximum freedom in placing the mechanical components and creating the most elegant engineering package available.
The 205 mph four-wheel drive supercar is capable of running in purely electric (zero tailpipe emissions) mode for 68 miles on a six-hour domestic plug-in charge. The innovative, lightweight micro gas-turbines are also capable of very quickly and efficiently recharging the Lithium-ion batteries, giving the car a theoretical range of 560 miles.
Because each wheel is driven by its own electric motor, the C-X75 is four-wheel drive – with all the traction, grip and safety benefits that entails – without the weight disadvantages of a purely mechanical set-up. Inherent in this drivetrain is the ability to independently vector torque to each wheel across the full speed range. This offers potential benefits in terms of stability and control, creating an infinitely and instantaneously adjustable traction and stability control system.