Adding to the traditional Jaguar design, front engine, rear wheel drive and the perfect 50:50 weight distribution the Jaguar C-X16 concept is another awesome example of Jaguar engineering. With a track time of 0-62 in 4.4 second and a top speed of 186 itís a wonder that it can still give an impressive 41 mpg (when driven a bit more sanely).
"The C-X16 is our compelling vision for a 21st century Jaguar sports car. It embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future." says Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars.
By stretching the main feature lines back from the focal point formed by the grille and pushing the wheels as far into the corners as possible, the car has a taut, poised-for-action stance that is unmistakably Jaguar.
The concept is propelled by a hybrid power train that combines an all-alloy V6 engine with a performance-boosting electric motor inspired by the Formula One KERS system. The purpose of this hybrid-performance system is threefold: to supplement the V6 engine's already prodigious power through an on-demand 'Push to Pass' system; to reduce fuel consumption; and to allow the C-X16 to perform as a zero tailpipe-emissions electric vehicle at speeds of up to 50mph on low throttle openings. The battery pack is predominantly charged through a rear axle electro-hydraulic brake energy regeneration system.
Carbon Fiber Construction
Made from lightweight composite materials the close-fitting and supportive racing seats feature manual adjustment to further reduce weight. A central carbon-fiber spine runs up the centre of each seatback to reinforce it. The structural properties of carbon-fiber are further utilized in a bracing bar that flows back from the centre console dividing the seats and then splits in two, before being bolted to the rear suspension turrets to provide additional rigidity. Further carbon-fiber is found in the centre console, framed by the tailored passenger grab handle that flows organically from the dashboard to the transmission tunnel. The floor is finished in aluminum and black Poltrona Frau leather that has been subtly hand quilted with a Hex pattern influenced by the historic Jaguar lozenge - this same motif is found stitched into the Suede cloth headlining.