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Drive News: Audi urban concept

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Drive News

The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is almost upon us, and with it will come plenty of news about exotic concept cars, that will surely never make it anywhere near a mass production line. Kind of like this, the Audi urban concept, a 1+1 seater city car, electrically powered of course.

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Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Drive News

Jet. Car. Want.

Jaguar’s 75th anniversary celebrations are continuing at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in the form of a new concept, the C-X75 is an absolutely gorgeous if a little outlandish supercar, but unfortunately is electric. The disappointment doesn’t last long though because the C-X75 is jet powered! Yes, that’s no error, it has two mid mounted gas turbines lurking about, madness. As it is a jet, although Jaguar haven’t said as much we have to presume there are James Bond style missiles mounted behind the grille to remove any speed camera pests, and an ejector seat, and critically a bar in the cubbyhole.

Jaguar are touting the C-X75 as not only a celebration of 75 years of Jaguar design, but as a peek into the future of automotive technology. So basically, Jaguar thinks the world of tomorrow will be certifiably demented, I don’t necessarily disagree, I’m just saying. Let me put it this way, the C-X75 has six, yes, read it, six separate power sources. That’ll be reliable then. At each of the four wheels, they’re not that crazy, they’ve stuck with the whole four wheel idea, there are 145kW/194bhp electric motors (580kW total). Then we have the the jet part of the equation, two micro gas turbines capable of producing 70kW/95bhp each are nestled just behind the front seats. That brings the powertrain up to a sweltering 720kWkW/966bhp total. And 1,600Nm of torque. Again, 1,600Nm, from just the electric motors. I know I hate hybrids and electrics, but 1,600Nm is a compelling figure. The C-X75 is a plug-in electric, for the four wheel motors of course, with two plugs one on each side of the car.

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