I lost count of just how many hours I spent on planes trying to get to where I needed to be to drive this car, but if Jaguar calls me again, I’m ready to fly to the moon and back for it, no problem. If it involves the Jaguar C-X75, the magical prototype supercar that stars in Spectre, I’m there. [Full disclosure: Jaguar flew me to Mexico City, put me up in the hotel where all the Formula One people stayed, then took me to the Williams garage at the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday.] Yes, I have driven the C-X75. But before I tell you what that was like, it is necessary for me to recount the unlikely story of how it went from a promising but troubled concept to Hollywood glory. A Long Road To Reality There are many supercars out there that failed to make it past the prototype stage, but nothing quite like the C-X75. Its continuing story started with a concept built in house by Jaguar for their 75th anniversary which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The original 2010 concept. Powered by a combination of a micro gas turbine engine and an electric motor on each wheel for a combined output of 780 horsepower, it was more of a study of what future hybrids can be than anything else. Only one car was made, and when they had to take it out for this photoshoot, turning it around on the road took forever… [Read full story]
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