Jaguar has a bit of a tricky history with supercars. The only previous example it actually built was the XJ220, which remains an impressive specimen even 20 years later, even though it never quite lived up to what the original concept car promised those who put down their deposits. Then in 2010 the British automaker unveiled the C-X75 and our hearts stopped.

The show car packed an intriguing twin-turbine powerplant into an alluring svelte shape, which only begged the question: would Jaguar build it, and if so, would it incorporate such an experimental propulsion system?

We had what we thought was the full answer last year when Jaguar announced that it would indeed produce the C-X75, but that the turbines wouldn't make it to the road, replaced instead by a hybrid drivetrain including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Disappointing, sure, but a little less so considering that the Williams F1 team would help develop the powertrain.

Now it seems that, while the hybrid turbo four will power most of the 250 examples of the C-X75 earmarked for production, a limited quantity will actually include micro-turbines as envisioned in the concept car. The jet engines (which will drive the rear wheels, so don't go expecting flames shooting out the back, Batmobile style) are reportedly being produced by the Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry – a company based near Jaguar's headquarters and partially owned by Jaguar's parent company Tata.

Although the turbines are only expected to produce 95 horsepower each (they are just a bit smaller than the ones you might find in a jet airplane), they need none of the cooling or lubrication systems required by traditional internal-combustion engines, leaving them lighter and easier to package – and making plenty of room for additional electric power to help the turbine-hybrid C-X75 hit 60 in just three seconds while returning exceptional fuel economy and emissions figures.

It'll be a few years still before this super-cat hits the road, but when it does, we're looking at something that will re-write the rule book even more than the XJ220 that came before.


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      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will put the exotic back in exotic cars. It is the first design in a long time that brings back the feeling I had when I would see a concept car as a boy. I hope my son can enjoy the same experience when they put this into production.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      sexy ass car
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that's what I want to see! The turbines made the concept car.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, glad they're doing it. Wish the production wasn't so limited to a few, but ah well.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm, I need to change my pants now. This won't be the fastest car ever made, but IMO, it will be by far, the most awesome. I don't think that they plan on having the turbines drive the rear wheels. I believe that they will turn generators in a series hybrid arrangement.
        PTFunk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Agreed. Even with almost all carbon fiber construction, it's hard to believe that a 190HP car could reach this 0-60 figure. A hybrid electric approach would be in order. That doesn't take away from the awesomeness factor, though! FREAKIN' TURBINES!
      artso06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see jaguar taking a risk, just wish they would try something like the jet. Put the special back in the exotic super cars. Super cars are always fun but I feel, across all manufacturers, like they have become a little stale in recent years (to much about the numbers). Fuel it by some never seen electric power train, turbine jet blower, or poo-goo I really don't care...just make it different. I do love this concept...look forward to seeing it in the flesh
      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The spiritual successor to the XJ220.
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      yes yes yes yes YES already. we need a better generator than the typical ICE, the turbine could be the next phase in extended range vehicles!
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car reeks of awesomeness! BD
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is the best video summarizing the concept car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaF9iYw--QI For fun: http://www.automotivetraveler.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1115:the-jaguar-c-x75-concept-stops-at-cars-a-coffee&catid=135:cool-cars--coffee&Itemid=318 Yes, these are straight from My Favorites folder. The most impressive engineering targets? A 500 mile range and 0-100MPH in ~6 seconds. All in one car. Crazy. Let's see if they can do it.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why did I just spend the last few min reading this and the comments only to realize the news source was Auto Express?!?!?!? Let me know when a real prototype is spotted or a press release is issued. Fake news is fake.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really interesting... I know micro-turbines have advanced greatly in the past 15 years. Everything from turbine micro-heat and power generation units in homes, to micro-turbines for model aircraft. Twin 95hp turbines could turn significantly sized generators.... and provide a lot of power. Kudos to Jaguar for thinking outside the box.
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