British carmaker Jaguar has confirmed this week that its ultra-green C-X75 supercar concept is bound for production, but in extremely limited numbers.
Revealed at last year's Paris Auto Show, the C -X75 'range-extended electric vehicle' has been the subject of production rumours for some time.
Reports last year suggested that Jaguar had been considering a run of 1000 or 2000 units, but the company has settled on just 250 examples - at a price of around AU$1.4 million each.
"Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle programme," Carl-Peter Forster, CEO of Tata Motors (Jaguar's owner) said.
"This is the Jaguar of the future. The opportunity for innovation like this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar, and it's fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality."
Jaguar will build the C-X75 in cooperation with the Williams F1 team, with power coming from a small-capacity petrol engine and a quartet of electric motors.
With Formula 1 set to switch to four-cylinder engines by 2013, it is possible that the C-X75's powertrain will utilise the same technology being developed for the Williams F1 team.
"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,” Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover said.
“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."
In concept form, the C-X75 is powered by an electric motor at each wheel - producing a combined 580kW - and a pair of gas turbines adding an extra 140kW of power.
In all, the gas turbines and electric motors producing a phenomenal 1600Nm of torque.
With a single-speed transmission, the all-wheel-drive C-X75 concept is capable of covering the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 330km/h - reached in 15.7 seconds.
Jaguar says the production C-X75 is scheduled for a debut sometime in 2013.