Jaguar is looking at how it may be able to put the powertrain from its concept car, the C-X75 into production. The supercar concept uses four electric motors and two gas turbine generators to produce 778hp and 1,180lb/ft of torque.
Brand director Adrian Hallmark told headlineauto at the Detroit Show that the technology is one of many the company is looking at.
It is part of a two-pronged development process aimed at making its cars more environmentally friendly in the future.
The C-X75 uses four 195 hp electric motors (same as Mercedes SLS Amg F-Cell) , one for each wheel, and the twin gas turbine generators can recharge the battery pack or provide supplementary power to the four electric motors in “Track Mode”.
Jaguar said the car can travel 68 miles on battery power alone, or up to 560 miles when the electric portion of the powertrain works in conjunction with the twin gas turbines. It can also accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.
Hallmark said: “There is a potential for this technology and if we could get it to work it would be great. There are a lot of technical issues to be addressed, such as dealing with the heat from the exhaust, but it would be great if we could get it to work.
“It would also be great for a British company to do it. But we are seriously looking at it.”
Hallmark said Jaguar’s green strategy is following two streams, one being the body architecture to make its cars lighter.
“We are already using aluminium for the bodywork and we are looking at ancillary materials and composites. The other stream is lowering emissions. We are looking at stop-start systems, classic hybrid and high performance systems.”
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