Paris Motor Show – Jaguar C-X75 gas turbine hybrid electric supercar

Jaguar wow press and public with a daring hybrid supercar concept built to celebrate their 75th year. Running gas turbines in road cars is not a new idea. Think back to the 50′s-60′s when Chrysler ran a fleet of turbine cars, and BRM fielded a Le Mans racer. These were short lived experimental projects that [...]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Jaguar C-X75


Jaguar wow press and public with a daring hybrid supercar concept built to celebrate their 75th year.

Running gas turbines in road cars is not a new idea. Think back to the 50′s-60′s when Chrysler ran a fleet of turbine cars, and BRM fielded a Le Mans racer. These were short lived experimental projects that followed the motor show dream concepts of the time. Interesting ideas but flawed in many ways and connected mechanically to the drivetrain. Using gas turbines to generate electricity for electric drive motors solves the immediate problem of reducing the phenomenal RPM and throttling of a turbine down to the low rotation needed for your wheels and tyres. It also allows the turbine to run at optimum speed for the efficiency that eluded earlier iterations. If Jaguar have solved the remaining problems of heat and emissions, then we have the recipe for an interesting vehicle. 4 wheel drive, infinitely controllable for traction and yaw, electric drive supplemented by turbine generators, bring it on Jaguar. Lets hope this is not just pie in the sky and points the way to a new and exciting future for supercars.

Enough of the mechanics, this is a concept and concepts need to impress as well as show the way forward. Raiding the past to guarantee the pedigree of the brand is normal and acceptable, copying elements blindly to make life easy is plain tacky. Fortunately this concept walks the tightrope adeptly between cool and kitsch, looking forward whilst recalling past icons. Deliberate evocations of the glorious XJ13 present in the classic-yacht boat tail work well. It’s not all plain sailing though, as the nose needs to incorporate latest Jag styling cues. Forcing an upright squarish mouth onto an otherwise sleek flowing shape seems brutish and doesn’t integrate as well as the beautiful tapering tail.

Rather than verbally perambulate endlessly on design matters we encourage you to peruse the pics and judge for yourselves as this is inevitably a question of personal taste. On balance though we’ll give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!


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MPH / Top Gear Show – YW reports and brings you a photo gallery

MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the [...]

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court


MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the Wicked Witch, cars skated around, fire canons roared, and a frigid mist descended onto the haunted floor of Earls Court. More chilling still, was the cool wall where the heckling crowd decided which motors would live or drown. Produced out of a magic cauldron (or garden shed), presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond raced farcical chariots built from gardening gear, quite clearly not made by them, but the props dept…This was more Roman arena, than London cat walk, with very desirable cars being consigned to the uncool wall, if not mauled by lions. Last chance to see whether good or evil prevail in the UK is tomorrow 15th November at Birmingham NEC, before we can gladly shout “it’s behind you !” and the show moves onto sunnier climes (well, Dublin actually).

Never mind, ’cause the crowd were loving it, and there was a wealth of motoring splendour to drool over in the main hall. Rather than trying to catalogue the whole show, we decided to restrict our cameras to the yellow beasties laid out, grid like, for the public’s delectation. Enjoy the photo gallery. We’ll be bringing you more posts from the show soon.
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Yellowwheels – Live at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

Yellowwheels is live at the 2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show. It may be bucketing down in Frankfurt tonight, but our spirits are up; heck you don’t even need to go to the show to spot some fab machinery. Just across the road from our hotel, Aston Martin have lined up a party, and outside there’s [...]

IAA 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

IAA 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

Yellowwheels is live at the 2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show. It may be bucketing down in Frankfurt tonight, but our spirits are up; heck you don’t even need to go to the show to spot some fab machinery. Just across the road from our hotel, Aston Martin have lined up a party, and outside there’s a gaggle of classy cars to advertise the fact.

Astons in Frankfurt before show

Astons in Frankfurt before show

Aston Martin Zagato DB7

Aston Martin Zagato DB7

Aston Martin Zagato DB7

Aston Martin Zagato DB7

And to top that, across the road on the pavement there’s a very rare Zagato DB7 special (and behind it a DB8 and a Ferrari 456. Also spotted several more Ferraris, including California, 599′s, and Rolls-Royce’s Phantom Drophead Coupé ) !

Our show coverage starts tomorrow. But we are NOT going to bore you with every new model. In fact it won’t be that extensive, but we’ll be cruising the many halls to bring you the stuff that we find stimulating and exciting. So come back regularly to see our take on the show. You can also follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yellowwheels

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