The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is in full swing and we've been seeing some incredibly innovative green vehicles being unveiled, including the newest Jaguar to hit the scene. Not to be outdone by its luxury competitors at the show, the British carmaker revealed the C-X16, its sexy hybrid concept car, and we were excited to see that it has a super charged engine powered by regenerative braking.
The Jaguar C-X16 is different from most hybrid vehicles because it is not entirely concerned with fuel efficiency — it just wants to go fast — but achieves those ends in a cleaner way. Most of the car’s power comes from a newly developed V-6 engine that produces 375 horsepower. This system alone can take the C-X16 from zero to 60 miles per hours in a little over four seconds.
The electric motor attached to the transmission runs off a 1.6 killowatt-hour lithium ion battery. This battery is charged by a kinetic energy recovery system that is also used in Formula 1 racing cars. The kinetic energy given off by the vehicle is stored in the battery for later use under acceleration, for which the C-X16 features a shiny red button on the steering wheel. One touch of the push-to-pass button and the car will boost 50 to 75 miles per hour in acceleration without emitting harmful gases or burning up fuel.
The frame of the car is an homage to the super stylish Jaguar coupes of the past. This particular concept vehicle is the smallest coupe Jaguar has made since the XK120 in 1954 and closely resembles the wildly famous E series Jags from the 1960’s and 1970’s (think Austin Powers).
The two seater design makes the vehicle small and compact, emitting lesser amounts of C02 and allowing for engine shut-off at idle. Its size and weight make it one of the greenest (and certainly fastest) sports cars in existence. Though no one from Jaguar is speaking up about putting the car into production, viewers have noticed that every aspect of the concept vehicle is technologically feasible. The Jaguar C-X16 may hit the roads earlier than we think.
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