We Hear: Some Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid's Getting Gas-Powered Turbine Engine

By Trevor Dorchies | February 09, 2012
Tata Motors, parent company of Jaguar, has announced the latest step in building the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar with the opening of a gasoline engine factory for the hybrid supercar. The Bland Jets Engineering facility in Coventry England will employ 15 people and house all the necessary equipment needed to build the gas-powered turbine engines. Yes, you read right-- a hybrid, turbine engine. The Jaguar C-X75's gas-powered turbine engine is rated at 95 horsepower and each will weigh around 77 pounds. These micro- turbine engines are patented by Blandon Jets Engineering, a company in which Tata owns a minority share. These turbine engines have fewer moving parts than the internal combustion engine and don't require oil lubrication or water cooling. Not requiring these extra liquids will help reduce the hybrid C-X75's overall weight. The supercar's platform is also composed of carbon-fiber to further reduce weight and increase power and fuel efficiency. The turbine engine will also be combined with four independent electric motors, one at each wheel, and will propel the Jaguar C-X75 from 0-62 mph in a blistering 3.4 seconds.
Only a select few C-X75 hybrid's will be outfitted with these micro turbine engines, while the remaining vehicles are expected to be equipped with a potent 4-cylinder turbo engine developed by Formula One team Williams. A top speed for the Jaguar C-X75 is expected to be in the neighborhood of 200 mph and will be able to run strictly on electric power for 31 miles before requiring a recharge. The British supercar will be produced from 2013 to 2015 with a maximum of 250 cars built during that time. Source: Auto Express