It looks like Jaguar made the most of its home-course advantage.

The UK-based automaker's XJ_e plug-in hybrid won two awards in the Royal Auto Club's (RAC) Future Car Challenge, including Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car and the Technical Panel's Award of Merit.

The Jag, which competed with cars from automakers such as Renault, BMW and General Motors' Vauxhall unit, achieved a 112 miles-per-gallon-equivalent on the 63-mile jaunt from Brighton to London. The Renault Zoe electric vehicle won the overall award for most energy-efficient vehicle.

The XJ_e pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 69-kilowatt electric motor and a 12.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Jaguar has said the car can go 25 miles in electric-only mode and gets 61.2 miles per gallon, per the more-lenient European driving cycle.

Check out the RAC's press release on the event below.
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Jaguar XJ_e Captures Two Awards in 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge

The Jaguar XJ_e experimental plug-in hybrid was awarded 'Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car Prototype' and 'Technical Panel's Award of Merit' at the third annual RAC Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London on 3rd November 2012.

Jaguar Land Rover entered three of its Jaguar XJ_e PHEV engineering research cars into the event, resulting in a best-in-class rating, using only 1.2 litres of petrol and 11kWh of electricity over a 63 mile course, equating to an equivalent fuel consumption of approximately 112 miles per gallon.

The innovative XJ_e project is led by Jaguar Land Rover as part of its strategy to develop best-in-class low-carbon premium products. Part funded by the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board through the REEVolution project, this advanced research vehicle has been engineered in partnership with leading UK technology companies to help develop expertise for ultra-low carbon vehicles within the supply chain.

Pete Richings, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids & Electrification, says: "The three experimental XJ_e vehicles were brand new so this event was their first drive in real-world conditions. They performed faultlessly and delivered performance that exceeded our expectations, a tribute to our engineering team who prepared them. Events like this help us not only to understand the technical challenges involved but also provide an opportunity to showcase promising solutions."

The three Jaguar XJ_e PHEV vehicles utilise a specially developed 2-litre turbocharged engine coupled with a 69kW electric motor and a 12.3kWh lithium-ion battery, instead of the 5-litre V8 of the standard XJ. The Jaguar XJ_e can achieve a range of about 25 miles in all-electric mode and a maximum electric mode top speed of 75mph. Performance estimates for the Jaguar XJ_e are fuel economy of 87 miles per gallon and a top speed of 150mph. Tailpipe emissions are 75g/km – a 70 per cent improvement compared to the standard Jaguar XJ.

Pete Richings, continues: "Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest investor in automotive green technology and by working together with academia, suppliers and other automotive manufacturers through the Technology Strategy Board, we are helping to push the boundaries of research into the electrification of premium and luxury vehicles, with experimental vehicles like the XJ_e Hybrids and electrification technologies are key elements of Jaguar Land Rover's plan to reduce our carbon footprint."

The RAC Future Car Challenge is one of three flagship events owned by the Royal Automobile Club that took place on the weekend of 3 and 4 November 2012. The other two were the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the world's longest running motoring event, and the Regent Street Motor Show. Together they make for the largest free-to-spectate annual motoring spectacular in the UK.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      'It looks like Jaguar made the most of its home-course advantage.' Someone who imagines that Jag can only win in a luxury car competition based on home advantage has presumably never ridden in one, let alone had a drive. It does help if you are writing for a motoring blog.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a big car to be a EREV. Although the Jaguar XJ_e, is only an experimental model, it shows the impact of the Lexus LS 600 hybrid is having on European designers.
      j
      • 2 Years Ago
      No reason to get one's knickers twisted up over this one. A victory to be savored, right? Looks like this one would have been easy pickens of the low hanging fruit for a Fisker or Tesla anyway. PS, bought a Volt and my Jag is for sale, if you're interested.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compare to the Fisker Karma's rating on the same Euro-cycle test: "The Fisker Karma’s efficiency has been assessed by Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV), Europe’s recognized automotive certification agency, with the vehicle achieving a combined cycle figure of 135 UK mpg (2l/100 km or 112 US mpg) and a CO2 emission figure of 51 grams per km. The extended range electric vehicle has also had its all-electric range of 51.6 mils (83 km) validated. As for the Sport mode driving, this brings a combined fuel economy of 31 UK mpg (9.2 liters per 100 km or 25.8 US mpg)." http://www.autoevolution.com/news/fisker-karma-tuv-efficiency-tests-21-l-100km-51g-km-co2-40404.html The Jag is a beautiful car, but it isn't as efficient as the Karma. It will be interesting to see where its price is set.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        The EPA says the Karma gets only 20mpg in extended range mode. So this beast must get 17mpg on its range extender - about the same as a normal jag...
          Classic_Engr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          How so? I'd put my money on the Jaguar in range extended mode: 2012 Fisker Karma curb weight = 5,300lbs. 2012 Jaguar XJ (w/5.0L V8) curb weight = 4,045lbs. The Jag's hybrid drivetrain (2.0L turbocharged I-4, electric motor, and battery pack) only adds a few hundred pounds. I like the Karma but the Jaguar would offer more bang for the buck.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        This is not the car which will go to production. This is a prototype, and their production plug in hybrid will be different, when they decide to release one.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          LTAW: They were originally thinking of maybe using an RE, the wonderful Lotus, and demoed it in the Limo Green: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-pictures-jaguar-limo-green
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I understand, this is an "engineering research car", and I mean no disrespect to Jaguar's engineers by comparing a prototype to a current production vehicle. I just couldn't help myself to place the Karma as a benchmark, in order to highlight how truly well-engineered the Karma's hybrid drivetrain really is.