I have to endorse the AutoWeek editors' unanimous choice of Best in Show at this week's Paris Motor Show. On this occasion they've actually picked an electric car, but - as you'd expect - this is no ordinary inner city runabout. Their vote for Best in Show went deservedly to Jaguar for the C-X75, an electric supercar created to celebrate the marque's 75th anniversary. The 'c' represents a conceptual vision of Jaguar's potential future, so here's what got the AutoWeek boys in such a froth about this car.
For a start, just imagine how much torque you're getting from 4 x 195bhp electric in-wheel motors. But then add two micro gas turbines that are mid-mounted in a sealed airbox to generate 188bhp to charge the batteries and extend the electric-only 68 mile range to 560 miles or, when in Track mode, provide extra power directly to the electric motors. The C-X75 does 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, 50-90mph in just 2.3 seconds and has a top speed of 205mph.
The turbines will run on "anything" according to Jaguar spokesman, so that includes petrol, kerosene, LPG, diesel or presumably fat from a chippy. They also consume about 40,000 litres of air a minute. No wonder there's a "beware of the blast" sticker on the back of the car.
The seats are fixed to the bulkhead as in a single-seater racing car and the air to the turbines passes smoothly round them via channels in the structure of the body. With the seats anchored in place, the steering wheel, controls, main binnacle and pedal box all adjust towards the driver. The doors on opening rise up as well as out, Aston Martin-style, while its big wheels are 21-inch. There are so many features you can immerse yourself in them here.
“The C-X75 is everything a Jaguar should be. It possesses remarkable poise and grace yet at the same time has the excitement and potency of a true supercar. You could argue this is as close to a pure art form as a concept car can get and we believe it is a worthy homage to 75 years of iconic Jaguar design.” So says Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars and I have no argument with him on this one. Shame we may never see it on the road.