The Cat Came Back

August 20th, 2011 by Tim Grimley

It’s strange how things never seem to work out entirely as you anticipate. After my last tirade about the social inadequacy of the proletariat I was expecting to be the recipient of at least a smattering of bile and vitriol from the bus dwelling community, but it seems that in general the world agrees with me. Or at least it doesn’t find my viewpoint objectionable enough to justify a major counter-strike.

Instead the response from the select few of my acquaintances who happen to peruse my weekly ramblings was focussed on one specific sentence. The bit where I casually proclaimed my least favourite car of all time to be the Jaguar X-Type.

It turns out that along with Olympic whinging abilities and an inability to play expansive rugby; most Kiwis’ believe that a passionate devotion to all things Jag is a deep seated trait of those of us from the motherland. And they are absolutely correct.

Throughout its history, Jaguar has been about making truly great cars that have been accessible to the common man. Not too accessible of course, but not in the airy realms of fantasy that seem to be the reserve of other motoring exotica. If you worked hard in life and didn’t fritter too much of your life savings away on other frivolous wastes such as children, then at some point you would accrue enough coinage to join the big cat club of motoring pleasure.

But with the X-Type they took a sharp and unpleasant diversion from this tried and trusted theory and instead decided to make a truly great badge accessible to the common man. Although at this point I must point out that the X-Type was in no way a bad car. At its core was the Ford CD132 platform which was also used to produce the Mondeo; a dynamically excellent vehicle and one of my all time favourite rep-movers. Continue reading “The Cat Came Back” »

Jaguar sending C-X75 hybrid supercar into production

May 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar has officially confirmed that its striking and environmentally friendly C-X75 supercar prototype will be taken into production.

The hybrid model first debuted as a concept at the Paris Motor Show last year and many thought that’s as far as it would go, but Jaguar have other ideas. The C-X75 is a hybrid supercar that produces less than 99g/km of CO2 emissions but for performance can rival the best supercars in the world and boasts a top speed of over 322 km/h (200mph).

The C-X75 will be an all-wheel drive machine with a “downsized, highly-boosted petrol engine coupled with two powerful electric motors,” says Jaguar, although the automaker is staying tight-lipped with any more details than that.

Jaguar will team up with the Williams F1 team to build the C-X75 and with Formula 1 preparing to switch to four-cylinder engines by 2013, it is possible that the C-X75’s powertrain will use similar or the same technology being developed for the Williams F1 team.

As a concept car the C-X75 used four 145-kW electric motors (one at each wheel) with two small turbine engines to create electrical current. But the production C-X75 will likely opt for a more conventional setup. Continue reading “Jaguar sending C-X75 hybrid supercar into production” »

Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar concept unveiled in Paris

September 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The new Jaguar C-X75 concept vehicle has been officially unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show and it is one special beast. Continuing to commemorate the brand’s 75th anniversary, the Jaguar C-X75 concept is powered by four electric motors, one for each wheel. If that’s not ultra-modern enough, there are micro gas-turbines that generate electricity for the batteries. The two gas-turbines can generate as much as 140kW of power offering the “range-extended electric supercar” a range of up to 900km.

In total the Jaguar C-X75 develops 800 bhp and a stomach-turning 1200 lb-ft of torque. With this massive serve of raw power, the Jaguar C-X75 is able to shift from standing to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 330km/h. Good times. Apparently the concept can run on just its batteries for around 100km before the twin turbines engage and extend the range to it’s full 900km.

Naturally the C-X75 is built with the help of lightweight aluminum construction techniques and features active aerodynamics, including a complex underbody Venturi system.

Inside, the seats are fixed in place, with the steering wheel, instruments and pedals moving to accommodate the driver. Three high-res TFT screens present driver information, with readouts and displays changeable between all of the screens

Jaguar hasn’t announced whether or not it will put the Jaguar C-X75 concept into production, but it’s fairly clear this is a pure concept vehicle with little to no production consideration. However, it may feature some technologies the iconic carmaker will use in its next 75 years.

Check out images of the Jaguar C-X75 in the gallery below. Continue reading “Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar concept unveiled in Paris” »