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2010-09-30 14:40

CLASSIC REMAKE: Qualities of some of Jaguar's most memorable cars have been injected into the anniversary C-X75.

This is how Jaguar celebrates its 75th year – by unveiling a striking electric car concept with a range of up to 900km.

Along with celebrating its history, Jaguar says the C-X75 also provides a glimpse into the future of the marque and its drive to produce beautiful cars without further sullying the environment.

Finished in Jetstream Silver to best show off the car’s simple forms and flowing lines, the car is inspired by Jaguar’s past designs, such as the classic C-Type and D-Type racers from the 1950s.

Shorter and with a lower centre of gravity than conventional supercars, the C-X75’s exterior is honed to efficiency. The four-wheel drive supercar is able to run on electric power only for up to 110km on a six-hour charge from a household plug, Jaguar says. Using lightweight micro gas turbines to quickly recharge the lithium-ion batteries gives the car a “theoretical range of 900km”.
Apart from emitting zero emissions, the C-X75 is also a serious supercar. It has four electric motors (one in each wheel) to produce 145kW and a combined torque output of 1600Nm and is capable of a top speed of 330km/h.

The cabin is cleverly arranged with a fixed seat attached to the bodyshell while the additional elements (think steering wheel, pedals and instruments) all adjust towards the driver.

Naturally, with the motors each weighing 50kg, keeping the concept’s overall weight down is a key consideration and the C-X75 uses a bonded aluminium chassis and body panels to keep the weight down to 1350kg.


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