Jaguar is bringing the power and design of a traditional Jaguar into the future with two new offerings, both designed to be sleek, efficient and more environmentally friendly. The new C-X16 concept is a combination of power, technology and driver-centered styling combined with a hybrid engine and Formula One racing innovation. The concept Project C-X75 takes the Formula One association further, as it is being built in conjunction with Williams F1, who will bring their engineering expertise to the Jaguar's production vehicle in hopes that the outcome will be a high-performance hybrid super car that will stay as close as possible to the concept while still being road ready. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar's global brand director, described the cars as the "sustainable sports cars of the future" in a recent article in Jaguar Magazine.
The Jaguar C-X16
While the outside is modeled on the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK with a few modifications, such as shorter chassis and a wider wheel base combined with an aluminum shell for a low and sleek sports car, the real story is the interior and the engine. While the buyer has a choice of exterior and interior color options, the most striking combination is the silver exterior and Vermillion red interior option. The interior will follow the One plus One layout, which is a two-seater designed to cocoon around the driver and provides the best view along with the most responsive driving experience. It all combines into a visually stunning sports car using the best racing, aeronautical and hybrid technology available today.
Features of the C-X16 concept include:
* Fully interactive instrument panel and center console featuring toggle switches, smart phone ready Connect and View system, glowing red start button and touch screen system.
* The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine combined with an electric motor generator powered by a 1.6Wh battery pack, is all integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission system. The engine provides 320 horsepower, and the battery pack provides an additional 95 horsepower with both battery and engine benefiting from the liquid cooling system.
* A Push to Pass system modeled on the Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). A button on the steering wheel allows for extra acceleration from the stored energy of the electric motor that was captured in the brakes when the car was moving, making the car a continual energy generating system while in motion.
* An Intelligent Venting System that emerges from the dash to heat or cool the car's interior and then disappears from view once the correct temperature has been reached.
* An Intelligent Stop/Start system that allows the engine to shut down 300 milliseconds after the car stops and restart as the driver's foot goes from the brake to the accelerator.
The C-X16 made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show abroad and the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show stateside to highly favorable reviews. Jaguar completed four months of market research at the beginning of March to test the car's market positioning and, if approved, the production version could appear late in 2014 and be priced between the Porsche Cayman R and the base 911 Carrera, according to Hallmark.
The Jaguar Project C-X75
This vehicle is being designed and built using the best combination of motor sport and road production technologies, a fact highlighted by its 2011 Concept Car of the Year award. Like the C-X16, the C-X75 will use the Formula One KERS system, but unlike the C-X16 this vehicle will use carbon fiber construction and feature a tubular shape that is visually unique and highly aerodynamic. The car will feature low CO2 emissions aided by the internal combustion engine in combination with the electric motor that sits at each axle, with an expected electric range of 30 miles. Jaguar also expects the C-X75 to be one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour and a capability of accelerating from 0-60 in under three seconds.
The Jaguar Project C-X75 was confirmed for production in May of 2011, with a small 250 unit run to be delivered by the end of 2013 at a price of $1.15 million each. The C-X75 200-mph super car will be built in the U.K. by Jaguar and the Williams Formula One racing team.
Exciting times certainly lie ahead for eco-conscious car enthusiasts!
The Jaguar C-X16: http://www.jaguar.com/us/en/about_jaguar/c-x16/
The Jaguar C-X75 production: http://www.jaguar.com/us/en/about_jaguar/news_pr/project_c-x75