Tata to build $1.2m Jaguar hybrid supercar
Production of a 0-100km/h in three seconds supercar to begin in 2013
Tata Motor’s luxury car operation, Jaguar Land Rover, is to begin production of a hybrid electric supercar that can reach 0-100km/h in just over three seconds.
The C-X75 will be available for $1.2m and Tata CEO Carl-Peter Forster describes it as at the forefront of green technology for the automobile industry.
“The C-X75 is absolutely at the forefront of technology, it’s as good as you can get right now,” Tata Chief Executive Officer Carl-Peter Forster said at its press launch in London. “For me it’s also proof that the automobile is not the technology of the last century. It has a future.”
The supercar uses a hybrid engine set-up with twin electric motors and a petrol engine, and is capable of a top speed of 200mph. Its electric motors have a range of more than 50km.
India’s biggest trucks and bus manufacturer paid $2.4b to acquire Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008 and Tata’s new car joins BMW, Audi and Porsche’s plans for electric-powered supercars.
The C-X75, debuted at last year’s Paris Motor Show in concept form. Just 250 will be built from 2013 to 2015. The manufacturer said it plans to enter the C-X75 into races to help demonstrate its abilities.