FOR SALE: BOND MOVIE C-X75 ….

The C-X75 was the right idea for the wrong time. Had Jaguar come up with it a little later, it might have gone into production. Instead, the concept came out in the midst of the global financial crisis, so this fascinating take on the supercar question – originally powered by electric motors and gas turbines – never happened. Production was mooted for a while before the plug was finally pulled late in 2012.

A handful of prototypes were made, with the turbines replaced by a twin-charged 1.6-litre engine. The total power output was knocking on the door of 900bhp, although the C-X75 that interests us the most is considerably less powerful. We’re talking about the stunt cars built for James Bond film Spectre, one of which has just come up for sale.

The shouty film props were mechanically unrelated to the prototypes, although they were made by the same company – Williams Advanced Engineering. It was built around a tubular spaceframe chassis with composite panels attached, and the suspension came from a 911 GT3 rally car. The reason? Because for filming it needed lots of suspension travel for clattering around Vatican city.

A 542bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 was stuffed in the middle, with the torque limited depending on the gear you were in to avoid the car being snappy on the limit Evo reported after driving one a few years ago. Oh, and it also stopped the car eating driveshafts.

Regardless, that doesn’t mean this example – one of four built for the film – is going to be cheap. It’s up for sale at a dealer Kaaimans International with the price listed as ‘POA’. Anyone want to take a guess at the figure?

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PRINCE CHARLES GETS THE FIRST ROYAL FAMILY ELECTRIC CAR – I-PACE

From Star News UK

The Prince of Wales has splashed out on a 124mph £60,000 motor that will become a first in the Royal Family.

He is ditching his current Jaguar – which runs on conventional fuel – for a customised, all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.

A charging point has been installed at his and Camilla Parker Bowles’s Clarence House, the couple’s official London home.

The vehicle, which is the Royal Family’s first all-electric car, will ferry Charles around the capital for official duties.

The environmentalist could also travel to his Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire on a single charge.

Charles is said to be leasing the £60,000 motor with his own money, according to The Times, and has had it custom made.

It is reported he ordered his new drive, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in under five seconds, in Loire Blue – a colour not available on the I-Pace.

Jaguar Land Rover, which makes the car in Austria, say the I-Pace’s new batteries pack 90kWh which offer a range of 292 miles.

But although the car can take a rapid 60 miles’ charge in 15 minutes, the Prince would have to stop at a motorway service station if he wanted to visit Dumfries in Scotland.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND – SIR WILLIAM AT 117

What can you say about an immortal of the international motor industry?

Sir William Lyons was born in Blackpool on September 4, 1901 – so today is his birthday.  He would have been 117.

He co-founded his sidecar building company 96 years ago today, and in 1928 moved his business to Coventry where he split from his partner.

Consider he:

Founded S.S. and Jaguar Cars

Controlled both in every facet until he retired on this day in 1972

Designed:

All Swallow and S.S. cars

The post-War Jaguar ‘MkIV’

MkV

XK120

XK140

XK150

‘Mk1’

Mk2

S-Type

MkX

420

XJ

Daimler DS420 limousine

Remarkable indeed and that is not even considering the Jaguar myth and legend which is intangible.

Happy birthday Sir William, wherever you are.

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XF SPORTBRRAKE – AND EXCITEMENT MACHINE

We have been excited to see and drive one – and for the few hours it has been our garage it has fulfilled those expectations and gone beyond.

It looks fabulous and has attitude.  It is very sporty, sits low like a sporting Jaguar of its type needs to – and has loads of room in the rear.

Our test car is black on black – and it going to be a week or so ahead.  We will feature the Sportbrake in edition #194 and already know we are going to hate giving  this one back …

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JAGUAR TO BUILD MID-ENGINED SUPERCAR J-TYPE?

Despite leaving the Jaguar C-X75 mid-engine concept at the bottom of a river in a subpar James Bond movie, Jaguar still reportedly has plans to put a mid-engine supercar into production. It could replace the current F-Type and reportedly be called the J-Type.

According to Auto Express, with unclear sourcing, Jaguar wants to replace the F-Type with a hybrid mid-engine supercar utilising some of the battery and motor technology it developed for the all-electric I-Pace. The hybrid Acura NSXis reportedly the benchmark for the new car, with dreams of it also taking on the McLaren 570S and Audi R8. From Auto Express:

The successor to the Jaguar F-Type will embrace hybrid technology and go mid-engined when it launches around 2022, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. And further down the line, Jag could launch a fully-electric version to rival the forthcoming Porsche Taycan.

The mechanical make-up of the car is yet to be finalised, but it’s expected that at least two electric motors, one on each axle to give four-wheel drive, will supplement a mid-mounted V6 engine. If it is to be competitive, a power figure upwards of 550bhp is likely, placing it among competitors such as the McLaren 570S and Audi R8.By “replace,” one has to assume this hybrid supercar will be a lot more expensive than the F-Type, which starts around $60,000.

The report also indicates the platform will be developed with the capability to go fully-electric as well. Since the new car would be completely different from the current F-Type, Auto Express suggests they could label it the J-Type, based on recent trademark applications.

Since the Jaguar C-X75 was only ever a concept car and prototype that came very close to production, and the then a movie villain car, this new J-Type or whatever they call it would only be Jag’s second mid-engine production car, following the sleek XJ220.

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