Jaguar has confirmed that it will launch its C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar after agreeing a technical tie-up with the Williams F1 team.
The C-X75 will instantly become the British marque's most advanced model to date, offering performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar also expects the hybrid machine to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph, after agreeing to develop it in association with Williams, which will provide its engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies.
“People expect Jaguar to be innovators - that is when Jaguar is at its best,” brand director Adrian Hallmark commented, “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We've been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar's renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”
Williams F1 has been at the forefront of motorsport engineering for three decades and, even as its F1 squad struggles in 2011, the C-X75 engagement is testament to the team's ambitions.
“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world's most famous and iconic brands,” admitted team principal Sir Frank Williams, “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”
Project C-X75 will be the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation. This high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial concept design study that made its debut at the 2010 Paris motor show, while fulfilling requirements that allow it to be homologated for road use.
“We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” director of design Ian Callum explained, “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”
The car also marks a new milestone in the histories of both Jaguar Land Rover and Williams F1, as they collaborate for the first time to produce one of the world's highest performance and environmentally sustainable supercars. The production of Jaguar C-X75 will also create more than one hundred highly-skilled jobs in the UK.
“Confirmation of this project today signposts Jaguar Land Rover's continued determination to embrace new technologies,” said CEO Dr Ralf Speth, “A supercar like the C-X75 is the logical choice to showcase cutting-edge design, intelligent use of new environmental technologies and motorsport-inspired performance.”