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Jaguar Unveils Sexy C-X16 Hybrid Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 14, 2011 @ 9:46 am In Gallery,Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

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The Jaguar C-X16 is different from most hybrid [2] vehicles because it is not entirely concerned with fuel efficiency [3] — 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 [4] engine that produces 375 horsepower. This system alone can take the C-X16 from zero [5] to 60 miles per hours in a little over four seconds. [6]

The electric motor attached to the transmission [7] runs off a 1.6 killowatt-hour lithium ion battery. This battery [8] is charged by a kinetic energy recovery system that is also used in Formula 1 [9] racing cars. The kinetic energy given off by the vehicle [10] is stored in the battery for later use under acceleration, for which the C-X16 features a shiny red button on the steering wheel [11]. One touch of the push-to-pass button and the car will boost [12] 50 to 75 miles per hour in acceleration without emitting [13] harmful gases or burning up fuel.

The frame of the car is an homage to the super stylish Jaguar coupes [14]of the past. This particular concept vehicle is the smallest coupe [15] 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 [16]).

The two seater [17] design makes the vehicle small and compact, emitting lesser amounts of C02 [18] and allowing for engine shut-off at idle. Its size and weight make it one of the greenest [19] (and certainly fastest) sports cars in existence. Though no one from Jaguar is speaking up about putting the car into production [20], viewers have noticed that every aspect of the concept vehicle [21] is technologically feasible. The Jaguar C-X16 may hit the roads earlier than we think.

+ Jaguar C-X16 [22]

via wired [23]

images from Jaguar

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/jaguar-reveals-its-hybrid-c-x16-retro-coupe-at-the-frankfurt-motor-show/jaguar-c-x16-3/

[2] hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/flybus-new-hybrid-bus-uses-flywheel-instead-of-battery-to-store-kinetic-energy/

[3] fuel efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/researchers-studying-how-to-increase-fuel-efficiency-by-changing-our-behavior/

[4] V-6: http://inhabitat.com/interview-john-viera-of-ford-motor-company/

[5] zero: http://inhabitat.com/zero-power-digital-cloud-shows-images-and-data-in-the-london-skyline/

[6] four seconds. : http://inhabitat.com/new-lithium-ion-ultracapacitor-can-charge-tools-in-under-60-seconds/

[7] transmission: http://inhabitat.com/germany-to-construct-2800-miles-of-transmission-lines-as-it-abandons-nuclear-power-for-renewable-energy/

[8] battery: http://inhabitat.com/electric-vehicle-battery-cost-to-halve-by-2018/

[9] Formula 1: http://inhabitat.com/f1-electric-formula-car-worlds-fastest-electric-race-car/

[10] vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/magneter-magnetic-highway-harvests-kinetic-energy-from-cars-to-generate-electricity/

[11] steering wheel: http://inhabitat.com/retractable-steering-wheels-should-make-it-easier-to-get-into-tiny-evs/

[12] boost: http://inhabitat.com/wind-lens-turbines-could-boost-energy-generation-3x/

[13] emitting: http://inhabitat.com/mercedes-fuel-cell-buses-log-2-million-emission-free-kilometers/

[14] coupes : http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-inhabitat-takes-the-honda-cr-z-hybrid-sport-coupe-for-a-spin/

[15] smallest coupe: http://inhabitat.com/protoscar-reveals-lampo3-third-gen-electric-super-coupe/

[16] Austin Powers: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-karim-rashids-kit24-update/pub_9558_w500h500q75bw1_341816199/

[17] two seater: http://inhabitat.com/renaults-twizy-to-be-cheapest-electric-vehicle-on-the-market/

[18] C02: http://inhabitat.com/agustin-otegui-nano-vent-skin/

[19] greenest: http://inhabitat.com/sydneys-1-bligh-skyscraper-is-australias-greenest-office-tower/

[20] production: http://inhabitat.com/european-commission-sets-rules-on-environmentally-friendly-biofuel-use/

[21] concept vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/rimac-concept-one-croatia-quietly-builds-a-1000-horsepower-electric-supercar/

[22] + Jaguar C-X16: http://www.jaguar.com/gl/en/

[23] wired: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/09/hello-kitty-jaguar-unveils-sexy-hybrid/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredautopia+%28Blog+-+Autopia%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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