The concept car that should have been is going up for auction.
In 2010, Jaguar showed a concept car that made jaws around the world drop in unison. The C-X75 was developed in a partnership with the Williams F1 team and looked like it could go into production the next day. The visual design comes from the pen of Ian Cullum, and a single concept was built followed by five prototypes. It made 778 horsepower through four electric motors whose batteries are recharged using two diesel-fed micro gas turbines. The project was canceled with the "ongoing global economic crisis" cited as the reason but, thankfully, the Jaguar C-X75 was memorialized in the James Bond movie Spectre. Now, one of the four stunt cars built by Williams Advanced Engineering is going up for auction in Abu Dhabi through RM Sotheby's.
Jaguar originally planned to produce 250 units of the C-X75 to sell, and it would have looked amazing in the Jaguar lineup next to the F-Type. In the movie, Bond drives an Aston Martin DB10, while the Williams Advanced Engineering built Jaguar C-X75 is driven by the assassin Mr. Hinx in a chase sequence. The stunt car's drivetrain bore little relation to the intended production version, and this one is powered by a dry-sump version of the V8 from the Jaguar F-Type. The V8 is then linked to a sequential manual six-speed transmission and a rear transaxle with a mechanical limited-slip differential.
The stunt car is also built on a custom tube-frame chassis built to World Rally Championship spec and uses long-travel rally car suspension AP brakes that are adjustable from inside the cockpit.
The appearance of the Jaguar C-X75 using a non-experimental drivetrain led to speculation that the supercar could be revived for production, but Jaguar squashed that idea. "The film was an opportunity to showcase C-X75, but it doesn't mean a change in strategy," said JLR Special Vehicle Operations chief John Edwards at the time.
This is just one of the amazing cars at the F1 linked Abu Dhabi auction coming up in November.