850-hp Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar struts its speed

After several years of tinkering, Jaguar once again chats up the jaw-dropping C-X75 hybrid supercar, and shows off an incredible behind-the-scenes video of the latest prototype.

The C-X75's stunning rear end. Catch it if you can. Jaguar Land Rover

With a name fit for a "Star Wars" droid, the Jaguar C-X75 boasts some out-of-this-world looks and seriously sexy specs. Jaguar engineers combined a 1.6-liter turbo supercharged four-cylinder engine (that delivers 502 horsepower) with two electric motors (390 horsepower) for a total output that exceeds 850 horsepower.

When the car's at a complete standstill, racers cranking the C-X75's seven-speed manual transmission can achieve 0-100 mph in less than six seconds. If that's not fast enough for you, the theoretical top speed of 220 mph should set you straight, or at least put you in the next county quite quickly. The C-X75's carbon composite chassis undoubtedly assists in creating a very light footprint.

"Our challenge was monumental: we needed to achieve the performance of a Veyron ; the range of a Volt ; and the CO2 of a Prius ," Jaguar C-X75 manager Rob Atkin says in a new video promoting the supercar.

Despite the glitz and glamor, the C-X75 isn't all about insane speed and Batmobile aesthetics. Since Jaguar decided to move away from the idea of production in 2012, the speedster now serves as a testbed for the company to experiment with next-generation drivetrain combinations and advanced technologies. A spec sheet notes that the C-X75 outputs CO2 emissions at a less-than-Prius rate of 89 grams per kilometer, but the company doesn't specify under what conditions. When running strictly in electric mode, the C-X75 can travel about 37 miles while outputting zero emissions. See more angles and behind-the-scenes information about the C-X75 in the video below (1080p recommended).

 

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