The purpose of a concept car has long been acknowledged as part PR drive and part market research into avant-garde design ideas. Rarely do they make production, being followed up instead by a diluted design that costs less and appeals to a more mass market. Which is what makes Jaguar’s just-announced decision to make available its C-X75 concept so remarkable. First presented at the Paris Motor Show 2010, where it wowed the industry with its sculptural form, Jaguar is to produce 250 of the vehicles almost exactly as it was envisioned. "People expect Jaguar to be innovators - that is when Jaguar is at its best," explains Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. "The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We've been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model.”

True-to-concept, the Jaguar C-X75 will feature pioneering design in the form of a lightweight, all carbon-fibre chassis. "We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. The futuristic form is matched by cutting edge engineering, which maintains the spirit of the concept even if not all the technology was possible to produce just yet. "The engine's compact size allows it to be mounted low in the car for optimum weight distribution and to retain the concept's stunning silhouette,” says Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover, of the small combustion engine and electric motors at each axle. Joyce attests as to the powerful affects of these mechanical developments: “This will make the Jaguar C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of 50km.”