We have all heard about the newest set of wheels offered to James Bond, for the upcoming movie SPECTRE. Once again, it is an Aston Martin model, only this time it is one made specifically for the movie and will not be available for sale.
Not to be outdone, the movie's villain in the next chapter of Ian Fleming's franchise will also drive a car that we can't get our hands on- the Jaguar C-X75.
Jaguar has been teasing us with the C-X75 for years now. The concept was displayed in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. It was a hybrid-electric, two-seater that produced an amazing 778 horsepower thanks to a collection of four electric motors, one driving each wheel. Powering these wheels were batteries that were recharged on the fly by two diesel micro gas turbines. These turbines could extend the car's range as far as 900 km. At the time it was considered game changing technology and well heeled Jag fans could not wait to get their hands on it. The following year, Jaguar announced plans to build 250 of the C-X75, priced at well over a million dollars in partnership with Formula One team Williams F1. Then Jaguar pulled the rug out from under the project, saying that due to the ongoing economic crisis, a million dollar plus car might not be such a good idea after all.
Fast forward to next year's blockbuster movie, SPECTRE. Jaguar has dusted off the C-X75 for James Bond's nemesis to tool around town in. Jaguar engineers are working to modify working C-X75 prototypes, so that they can be used in the movie production. Sadly, they will be removing that impressive hybrid system, and replacing it with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8. The lucky driver will be a character named Franz Oberhauser, played by actor Christopher Waltz.
The Jaguar C-X75 was intended to reach speeds of 330 km/h, and be capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. It managed an astounding 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Performance relied on state of the art aerodynamics, and an aerospace-inspired aluminum and carbon fibre chassis. Technology developed for the C-X75 will be used in future Jaguar models with the supercharger technology being used in upcoming performance models, and the hybrid system being used to boost three cylinder engines to the power of a six cylinder engine.
Jaguar already promotes it's car as the ultimate car for British villains to drive, in it's "Good to be Bad" advertising campaign, promoting the F-Type. Several of their vehicles have appeared in Bond films- a Jaguar XKR in Die Another Day, and repeated appearances of the XJ8 in a number of Bond films. Look for SPECTRE, and the Jaguar C-X75 to appear in theatres in November, 2015.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca