Rare Rides: The 2015 Jaguar C-X75, as Seen in Spectre

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Today’s Rare Ride is a fairly elaborate concept. A project that came a long way but was not to be, in a case of much ventured and little gained.

It’s the Jaguar C-X75, from 2015.

Jaguar debuted the C-X75 concept in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Looking to the future, Jaguar’s concept was a plug-in hybrid, with propulsion provided by four electric motors — one at each wheel. Combined, they produced a total of 778 horsepower. The batteries for the motors were charged by dual diesel turbines, instead of a standard internal combustion engine. Paris was impressed, and Jaguar continued its work.

Along the way, the brass at Jaguar realized the concept version of the C-X75 may have been too optimistic. Revisions were drawn up, and the diesel turbines were dumped in the bin. Their replacement was a singular (supercharged and turbocharged) gasoline engine, mated to two electric motors rather than four. Now, Jaguar was convinced it could produce the C-X75.

The time was May of 2011, and the price estimate for the new plug-in hybrid supercar was between $1.15 and $1.48 million. Jaguar planned to build no more than 250 examples of the C-X75, making it very limited-production. Said production would be in conjunction with the experts at the Williams F1 team. But more changes were in store.

This time, the changes were of the termination variety. By December of 2012 there was a slight economic issue happening around the globe, as the Great Recession spread from North America to Europe. Jaguar, realizing it was the wrong time to introduce such an expensive car, cancelled the project.

Before tossing all of its work, Jaguar produced five developmental prototypes. Word is they sold three at auction, one was sent to a museum, and Jaguar kept the fifth one for its own purposes. A couple of years later, the most recent James Bond film, Spectre, was underway. The filmmakers approached Jaguar about using the C-X75 in the film. Jaguar agreed, and set to work making a few more C-X75s.

Reportedly, though the Bond cars look just like regular C-X75s, they’re not related. The exterior panels are a faithful representation of the prototypes’ outward appearance, all wrapped around a WRC-spec space frame. Of the seven cars provided for Spectre, four of them were stunt vehicles. Today’s Rare Ride is number 001, and was likely used in the film’s very boring chase with a Aston Martin DB10 (though the one in the movie was painted orange). Power for the movie vehicles matches the lesser spec of the developmental prototype cars, so the speed should be there. Just don’t expect an interior in your movie prop.

Price is on demand, and the C-X75 is located in England.

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  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.
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