Jaguar C-X75 electric concept car loves Tron
Jaguar has unveiled a new concept car at the Paris Motor show to celebrate its 75th birthday.
But rather than just being any old car, this gas-electric hybrid two-seat sports car concept is, says Jaguar, capable of a top speed of 205 miles per hour, and taking you up to 68 miles on a single charge.
Looking like something out of Tron, thanks to a good smattering of blue lights on the dash, in the engine housing the C-X75 “explores the outer limits of both performance and sustainability”, according to the press release.
The C-X75's 580kW (778bhp) propulsion system combines powerful 145kW (195bhp) electric motors at each wheel.
At the centre of the car sits two micro gas-turbines. These can either generate 140kW (188bhp) to charge the batteries and extend the range of the car to a remarkable 900km (560 miles) - enough to drive from London to Berlin on a single tank - or when in Track mode provide supplementary power directly to the electric motors.
The four electric motors provide torque-vectored, all-wheel drive traction and grip, essential in a car that produces 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque.
The car's interior is equally impressive, with the driver and passenger seated ahead of a sealed airbox that houses the micro gas-turbines. The seats are fixed to the bulkhead as in a single-seater racing car, and air to feed the turbines passes smoothly around them via channels in the structure of the body. With the seats anchored in place, the steering wheel, controls, main binnacle and pedal box all adjust towards the driver.
Dramatic theatre lighting is activated as the driver approaches the car; phosphor blue electro-luminescent wire lights illuminate the perimeter of the cabin and the turbines. When the car is started, additional blue LED lighting gently floods the door and bulkhead speaker cavities, highlighting the car's lightweight construction says Jaguar.
Bespoke interior materials include cream and grey leathers, polished and vapour-blasted aluminium and a soft-feel textured neoprene.
A new interface for the driver has also been created for the C-X75 using high-resolution TFT screens.
Building on Jaguar's 10-year expertise in touchscreen technology, the Jaguar Co-Pilot display in the centre console supports the driver in extracting the full potential of the C-X75 by seamlessly managing information.
No word on whether or not you'll be able to buy it anytime soon.