Top Gear drives the Jaguar C-X75
Before Jaguar put its 220mph, hybrid C-X75 hypercar on ice, TG got a drive…
Posted: 05 Aug 2013
"We aren't just delivering a supercar, we're developing real-world technologies," Newsome says. Indeed. These axial-flux motors are a huge step ahead. So are the electronics and their cooling: instead of using heat sinks into conventional water-based coolant, the coolant is non-conducting, so it can be passed directly through the electronics without shorting it all out. The effectiveness of that cooling means the battery and motors can run at full power - nearly a quarter of a megawatt, don't forget - for sustained periods. Then there's all this downsizing tech on the engine. Remember, Jaguar Land Rover is presently building a giant factory in Wolverhampton to make four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. They might not boast 500bhp, but they'll still have healthy performance and strong economy, thanks to findings from the C-X75. And with one of these electric motors between them and the gearbox, they'll answer the accelerator pretty smartly too.