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Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept is part electric, part frickin' jet

Jaguar has unveiled a new vehicle that has as much in common with a supercar as it does a jet plane. Faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia, it's also more efficient than a Prius.

Rory Reid
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Jaguar has unveiled a new supercar that has much in common with a jet plane. It'll accelerate quicker than a Lamborghini LP640, has a greater top speed than a Ferrari 458 Italia, and spews out fewer emissions than a Toyota Prius. Behold, friends, the holy grail of motoring: the Jaguar C-X75.

The car is a range-extended electric vehicle. In other words, it's powered primarily by electric motors and a battery pack, but it's given extra range (and performance) by an external power source that, in this case, is rather unusual.

At each wheel, Jaguar's installed an electric motor, each of which delivers 145kW (195bhp) of power. These are driven by a floor-mounted lithium-ion battery pack that can drive the vehicle for 68 miles on ordinary electric power alone. When it runs out of juice, it can be topped up via a standard household mains outlet or be given a boost via two 70kW (94bhp) micro gas turbines.

These gas turbines get their power from a flow of combustion gas -- diesel, biofuels, compressed natural gas, or liquified petroleum gas (the C-X75 has a 60-litre tank that accommodates all four). This fuel is mixed with air and ignited to charge the car's batteries to extend its range, but can also be used to power the electric motors directly in order to boost performance -- a lot.

With the batteries and turbines working in tandem, Jaguar believes the car will do 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 205mph. Apparently, it'll even accelerate from 50-90mph in just 2.3 seconds and do a quarter-mile sprint in just 10.3 seconds, so there's a strong chance it'll be quicker than almost anything.

We haven't heard the car running at full pelt (Jaguar demonstrated it running on electric power only on a very short runway), but we've a theory the final model will sound like a full-on jet plane. Have a listen to this home-made gas-turbine van to see exactly what we mean.

When you're being sensible with the accelerator pedal, it'll return a maximum range of 560 miles, while spewing a mere 28g/km of CO2, which is pretty spectacular.

These numbers are quite difficult to comprehend, so we'll leave you to take a few deep breaths and soak it all in, while we twist a few arms for more information. In the meantime, click through our photo gallery above for a closer look at the car, then watch our video.

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The car is powered by four electric motors (one in each wheel) and given supplemental power by these turbines in the rear.
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Here's a close-up of the two turbines. Each provides 94bhp of extra power to the electric engines when needed. They can also be used to charge the lithium-ion battery pack to provide extra range.
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With the turbines working in conjunction with the electric motor (and a driver who isn't particularly aggressive), the car can do 560 miles without refuelling.
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When you're out of range, you can top up by charging the battery via the mains, or by topping up a tank of fuel that runs the two turbines.
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Jaguar is yet to confirm what sort of fuel the gas turbines will use, but, theoretically, they can handle diesel, biofuels, compressed natural gas and liquid petroleum gas.
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The two turbines operate in sequence or together simultaneously to top up the battery or provide direct power to the electric motors.
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The C-X75 will do 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 205mph.
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It'll go from 50-90mph in 2.3 seconds and do a quarter-mile run in 10.3 seconds
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Inside, it uses a wealth of futuristic cabin tech, including virtual dials.
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Next-gen styling hints at the car's phenomenal power.
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We all want one. Do you?

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