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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced a tie-up with the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE, which will see a range of the firm’s cars appear in the film.
SPECTRE is the 24th film in the Bond franchise and will be produced by the Cubby Broccoli outfit, EON Productions, in partnership with MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The cars to be featured include the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar C-X75, along with custom Land Rover Defender Big Foots which have been specially prepared by JLR’s special operations team.
Jaguar’s C-X75 will be filmed taking part in a thrilling car chase scene, where it will race through the streets of Rome with an Aston Martin DB10. These amazing sports cars are built in partnership with the F1 Williams advanced-engineering plant in Oxfordshire. The scenes featuring this and the Range Rovers have already been filmed, with much of the action taking place in Austria. The Range Rover Sport SVR that is being featured is the most powerful and fastest Range Rover that the company has ever built. The highly customised Big Foots, meanwhile, have huge 37-inch rims designed to take the vehicle on to the roughest terrain. They also have up-rated suspension and beefed-up underbody protection to protect them from grounding damage.
JLR's Special Operations boss, John Edwards, welcomed the cars’ starring roles in the new Bond film, saying that it was an exciting partnership for JLR and a great opportunity to show off the new cars and also the expertise of his Special Operations team. It is not the first time that the firm’s cars have appeared in a Bond film, with the most recent role being that of a Land Rover Defender in the 2012 movie Skyfall. In that film, the car was seen in the opening sequence being driven by Miss Moneypenny.
The Jaguar C-X75 seen in the new SPECTRE movie took its bow when announced in 2010, with JLR saying that it was the most advanced Jaguar car that had ever been built. That initial design was developed into a prototype by 2012 in the form of a plug-in parallel hybrid all-wheel-drive electric vehicle, or PHEV. It boasts the highest specific power engine in the world and was the first Jaguar car to have a monocoque composite chassis. Due to the severe economic downturn being experienced at the time, JLR took the difficult decision not to put the car into full production. Instead, the Jaguar C-X75 was destined to become a showcase for the company’s technical abilities and innovation, especially in lightweight low-emissions vehicles.
The Jaguar C-X75 shows the company’s expertise in the latest hybrid technologies, carbon composites and advanced design. This expertise will soon find its way into the next generation of JLR cars. According to Jaguar’s global brands director, Adrian Hallmark, the Jaguar C-X75 can be thought of as the fastest test bed in the world for the most advanced hybrid technologies, combining low emissions with scorching performance. The combined petrol engine and electric motors have a power output of 850bhp and pump out 1,000NM of torque. The petrol engine is a 1.6 litre turbocharged and supercharged unit inspired by F1 designs. This is teamed up with electric motors boasting the highest power density and greatest torque that can currently be found in production. The battery pack is also superlative, delivering more than 300kW over its entire charge time and being the highest PHEV power pack rated for continuous power.
What all of this means is that the Jaguar C-X75 can accelerate from rest to 100mph in under six seconds. It has a theoretical top speed of more than 220mph, and its new seven-speed automated manual gear box can change gear in less than 200 milliseconds. The car is kept firmly glued to the tarmac by its deployable aerofoil, which creates 200kg of downforce to enhance stability. The figures suggest that the Jaguar C-X75 is just as exciting as the Bond film itself.