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Williams to work with Jaguar on hybrid supercar 06 May 2011

The Jaguar C-X75 concept The Jaguar C-X75 concept

Williams announced on Friday that they are to collaborate with Jaguar in the development of the British automaker’s new hybrid supercar, the C-X75. Williams will provide their engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies.

The ground-breaking machine has already received critical acclaim in concept form and thanks to its combination of internal combustion power and electric motors, Jaguar expect it to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while also being able to achieve in excess of 200mph (320km/h).

“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands,” said Sir Frank Williams. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”

Williams have appointed Paul Newsome, formerly director of engineering at Lotus Cars, as head of their high performance vehicles division. Newsome will lead the C-X75 joint project team from Williams’ Grove headquarters in the UK.

Only 250 examples of the C-X75 will be built, each costing between £700,000 and £900,000 (US$1.2 to 1.5 million) depending on market and local taxes.