Jaguar’s past and future at Nürburgring classic GP event
Jaguar will have an exciting presence at the 2013 AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring from 9-11 August, demonstrating not only its motor racing past, but also showcasing innovation through technology and design with one of five C-X75 prototype hybrid supercars cars on static display in the main paddock area on site.
The Nürburgring has witnessed many Jaguar race victories over the years, most recently Jaguar Heritage Racing taking the chequered flag in the E-type Challenge race at last year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix. In 2013, Jaguar Heritage Racing driver Alex Buncombe achieved four victories in European classic races whilst driving a C-type once owned by Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
At the Oldtimer race, Alex will team up with Jaguar’s 1988 Le Mans 24 hour race winner Andy Wallace and German journalist and racing driver Roland Löwisch. This new team of drivers will compete in a Jaguar MK II in the AvD Tourenwagen Trophäe on the challenging Nordschleife, which was a gruelling endurance race for high performance saloon cars of the 1950s and 60s.
Visitors to the Jaguar hospitality zone within the paddock area at the Nürburgring will have the opportunity to view the innovative Jaguar C-X75 up close. The Jaguar C-X75 is a state-of-the-art hybrid supercar with the efficiency of a low-emissions city car. It can emit less than 89g/km of CO2 and has a pure electric vehicle range of 60km. The C-X75 can hit 100mph from standstill in less than six seconds and has a top speed of 220mph.Its 502bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine is one of the world’s highest specific power output powerplants at 313bhp per litre. The C-X75’s two electric motors add a further 390bhp, for a combined output in excess of 850bhp.
Although the decision was taken in 2012 that, as a result of the global economic climate, the C-X75 would not enter full production, it was clear that it was a powerful showcase for Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in lightweight vehicle construction and the ideal test-bed for the company’s innovative research into high-performance, low-emission powertrains.
The great achievements in the development of C-X75 prototypes – including cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered in association with Williams Advanced Engineering – will be utilised in other areas of research and development, innovative future products and next-generation engineering for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.