Gallery: the long road to the Jaguar F-Type

Ian Callum on… the 2010 C-X75

“We on the design team are always looking for new ideas, either to sell to our management or to demonstrate publicly what the art of the possible is (actually, the primary purpose is to sell to our management by creating public interest).

“Of course, we always wanted to do a supercar, but were conscious that any extreme performance would need to include sustainable technology. We discovered our research department working with turbine technology as potential generators, and decided this would be a perfect opportunity to do something different. So the C-X75 was born, a dramatic supercar with exciting and novel sustainable hybrid technology.

“We can’t pretend the design of the car was inspired by anything other than the XJ13, a car that all Jag designers love, and one we feel shouldn’t be forgotten. However, the idea of the dramatic wheel arches stretching off the pure fuselage was really inspired by the very geometric construction of the D-Type.

“We created two versions of the car, the one we know today, and one with a very swept turret glass house (Lancia Stratos style). The chosen one had the more authentic Jaguar window line. The rear of the car in detail and especially in plan view is something to behold! And some of this has found its way onto the F-Type.

“What I really like about this car is the purity of surface and sense of lightness, although it is quite large — almost as large as the XJ220. It is a lesson in stating the obvious and not trying too hard to create something different and odd — there’s too much of that at the moment. The dramatic proportions take care of its presence alone. The car has now been developed to a feasible stage, without too much change to the shape, although the roof went up 20mm. It is still beautiful and hugely desirable even in its usable form.”