The Jaguar C-X75 it would have been like one of those many concept cars that do not reach series production, despite the good intentions of its manufacturer, were it not for its participation in the twenty-fourth installment of James Bond, ‘Spectre’.
Jaguar made seven units of the C-X75 available to the producer. And this unit for sale at Simon Drabble It is the last one manufactured. Of course, it will be necessary to pay 720,000 pounds sterling (852.000 euros) plus VAT to get the car.
This Jaguar is undoubtedly one of the most famous of the Bond saga. And that Jaguar initially refused to participate in the tapes of the least secret secret agent in the world.
For the third James Bond installment, ‘Golfinger’, the producers considered using a Bentley, as in the original novels Bond drives a Bentley. But in 1961, what was then the most beautiful and fastest car in the world had reached the market, the Jaguar E-Type. The film’s production asked Jaguar if they could lend them an E-Type.
Being the third installment of a successful series, it was possible that they said yes. But they refused. Aston Martin found out and agreed to leave several Aston Martin DB5. Eventually, Jaguar amended that glaring marketing mistake, and in every movie from the Daniel Craig era, the Jaguar (and Land Rover) are the bad guys’ cars. And what cars, seeing the Jaguar C-X75 for sale.
Jaguar C-X75: from concept car to villain car
The original Jaguar C-X75 was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show as a concept car and to mark 75 years of Jaguar. Hence the name C (Concept) -X (Experimental) 75. The original concept car equips four electric motors (one on each wheel) for a total power of 780 hp and powered by two gas turbines.
Seeing the reception that the car had, Jaguar thought about making a series limited to 250 units, but with a more conventional technology than gas turbines. In 2012, the second version was unveiled, closer to a possible series production, it had two electric motors and a 1.6 turbo gasoline engine for a total power of 860 CV.
It could have been the first hybrid supercar, long before the “Holy Trinity” (Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1), but the crisis took its toll and Jaguar decided to allocate its resources to other, more urgent projects.
For ‘Specter’, Jaguar partnered with Williams’ engineering department to design and produce the C-X75s that would be featured in the film. Obviously, they weren’t going to give them a couple of handcrafted concept cars. Even so, of the seven cars made by JLR’s special vehicles division (which devised the powerful versions SVR Jaguars and Land Rovers) and Williams Advanced Engineering, two units had the official turbo hybrid supercar engine. They are the cars that are used for short shots and to drive them at less than 20 km / h.
The other five C-X75 have a more classic technology, as they were used for the action sequences in which James Bond (Daniel Craig) and his Aston Martin DB10, manufactured expressly for the film, are chased by Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) in the Jaguar C-X75.
The car that Simon Drabble is selling is one of them. Its body, in composite materials, rests on a tubular chassis designed and manufactured following the FIA WRC specifications for guaranteeing the safety of the specialists (and being able to later sell the cars).
Under the rear hood, no hybrid systems. It would have been unnecessarily expensive and even more so for cars that could end up totally wrecked, burning or in the Tiber River. Instead of the 1.6 turbo hybrid it houses the 5.0 liter V8 of Jaguar Land Rover that develops 550 CV. Everything stays at home.
Under an appearance similar to that of the concept car, the spartan interior reminds that it is a car destined to perform stunts and to be piloted without regard. Still, it’s not a rush-and-done interior, either. It resembles that of a civilized racing car.
Manufactured by Jaguar and Williams, with a stake in one of the best James Bond installments and one of the best V8s on the market are already more than enough reasons to want to get hold of it. And if even the James Bond collector or fan isn’t convinced, the icing on the cake is that it’s all about unity with chassis number … 007.
Photos | Simon Drabble