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Jet-powered Jaguar takes off

By Shaun Cleary, 12 May 2011 News

Jet-powered Jaguar takes off

Jaguar has announced it will build 250 C-X75 hybrid supercars and the handful that make it to Australia will cost buyers a staggering $2 million

Jaguar has announced it will build the C-X75 hybrid supercar that debuted at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Only 250 will be built, and the handful that make it to Australia will cost buyers a staggering $2 million.

Initially, the car will be powered by a highly-strung forced-induction internal-combustion engine, which will use Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) flywheel hybrid technology straight from the Williams F1 team to power two electric motors: one on each axle. However, parent company Tata has recently bought into a company called Bladon Jets, and says it will “continue to develop the use of the micro-turbine technology that was showcased in the original concept C-X75.”

Despite boasting green credentials, the C-X75 will be no slouch, rocketing to 100km/h in under 3.0sec and surpassing a top speed of 320km/h.

The C-X75’s chassis will be constructed using the latest carbonfibre manufacturing processes, with production due to commence in the UK in 2013.