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Jaguar Moving Toward Development Of C-X75 Microturbines
It's hard to put a finger on what exactly we like best about the Jaguar C-X75 concept that Jaguar debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It has exquisite styling, a high-tech performance-hybrid powertrain and is the first Jaguar supercar since the XJ220. If we were forced into revealing a single favorite element, we'd probably have to go with the sci-fi-like microturbines that were used as generators for the concept's electric motors.
Because those microturbines were highly experimental, word was that Jaguar would use a more conventional engine in the production C-X75. Somewhere along the line, Jaguar decided to build two versions of the supercar - one with a small turbo engine and one with the microturbines. The company is officially ready to get to work on the turbines.
Auto Express reports that Jaguar's parent company Tata has opened the doors of the Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry, UK, the plant tasked with designing the turbines for the C-X75.
The turbines offer several advantages over a conventional engine. They're lighter, have less moving parts and don't require oil lubrication or water cooling. These make perfect sense as engine generators because they're lightweight and low maintenance, allowing the most performance out of the C-X75's four electric motors.
In its concept form, the C-X75 had a 195-hp motor at each wheel. The motors combined for 780 horses and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque and offered up to 68 miles of range. The two gas turbines were flex-fuel capable and added nearly 500 miles of range.
The turbines would certainly need to kick in a little sooner than 68 miles if the driver pushed the car to its acceleration and speed limits. Jaguar defined these as 3.4 seconds to 62 mph, 5.5 seconds to 100 mph, 15.7 seconds to 186 mph (300 km/h) and a 205 mph top speed.
It's not clear when Jaguar will have the turbines ready, but it plans to introduce the first C-X75 by late 2013. That model will use a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's being developed in cooperation with Williams F1 racing team. The engine will be used as a generator, while the car will be motivated by a pair of electric motors. Jaguar hasn't provided performance figures for that model, but given that it has half the number of motors and a conventional engine, it'll surely be a few ticks behind the turbine version.
Posted In: Exotics, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: C-X75, Jaguar, supercars, exotics, hybrids, microturbines
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