Opinion: The Jaguar C-X75 was the greatest car never to make production
It would have beaten McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari to the modern hypercar crown
Many concept cars come and go, but there's one that has stuck in the hearts and minds of many British petrolheads for years. It combined F1 internal combustion tech with cutting edge electronic assistance that simply wasn't matched by the performance road cars of the time.
It was, of course, the Jaguar C-X75. And just look at it.
Although the initial concept from 2010 was supposed to include gas turbines, the finished product ended up with a Williams-manufactured 1.6-litre F1-spec four-cylinder that produced 502bhp. An electric motor then boosted power output to 850bhp which was channelled through an all-wheel drive system.
Physically tested to 200mph, the pioneering hypercar was theoretically capable of 220mph, taking on the mantle from the somewhat overlooked Jaguar XJ220. The C-X75 should have been the first member of the modern hypercar family, since filled by the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari. But in 2012 and on the eve of a production run of 250 cars, Jaguar simply couldn't commit financially to such an extreme and progressive car. And with the AMG Project One now revealed to the world, the time of this Jaguar masterpiece is all but done and dusted.
That, in my mind, makes it a crying shame for the British motor industry, considering that it was only in September this year that AMG sprouted the same F1-engined, electrical assistance combo.
There have been some sickening blows for the industry when it comes to ill-fated concepts - we could very easily have had Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Miura replacements by now and another standout for me is the Volkswagen W12 Coupe. Nothing would have pushed the industry on as far as the C-X75 though, but with Jaguar still producing highly-tuned performance cars like the Project 7 and 8, there may still be a place in future for a true XJ220 successor for the road.
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