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February 13, 2012
Back at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar rolled out a magnificent supercar concept called the C-X75. Carrying design cues from the early 90’s XJ220, the C-X75 had a trick up its sleeve. The powertrain was a range-extended electric vehicle using two 95 HP micro gas turbines to recharge the lithium-ion battery packs, which in turn would power the four electric motors mounted in each wheel. Many wondered if Jaguar was to produce the C-X75 if the powertrain would be retained.
Last year, Jaguar announced the C-X75 would go into production, minus the turbines. Jaguar said to bring the C-X75 within a reasonable timeframe, they would instead go towards hybrid powertrain with a turbocharged four-cylinder. The powertrain would be worked on by Jaguar and Williams F1.
Now, Jaguar is saying a small number of the C-X75s being built will come with the turbine powertrain. The turbines will come from Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry, which is based very close to Jaguar’s headquarters and is partially owned by parent company Tata.
Source: Auto Express