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
One more thing. The carbon-fibre structure of the C-X75 isn't a one-piece thing like a 918's or a McLaren's. Those use a process called resin-transfer moulding because it's relatively cheap and can be made in high numbers. The Jag was designed to be made from panels and sections of compression-moulded carbon fibre, a technique from Williams. Uniquely, such carbon parts can be easily incorporated, says Newsome, into an aluminium body shell. Who's the world leader in aluminium body shells? Jaguar Land Rover. Just saying.
The decision to kill C-X75 production must have felt to Jaguar like strangling a puppy. But there simply weren't likely to be enough buyers for this and the Porsche and the McLaren (and there still aren't, even if Ferrari, characteristically, is exempt from such struggle). But the fast-track engineering it embodies will certainly live on in hundreds of thousands of people's Jaguars and Land Rovers. In very, very few years from now. But even so, right now I'm very sad that we'll never be given the chance to have our day brightened by the sight of its wonderful shape gliding by, or experience it disappear in a vision-blurring, ear-splitting testament to the new-world power it embodies.