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This Ultra-Rare Jaguar Was Driven by a James Bond Villain in ‘Spectre.’ Now It’s Up for Sale
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For over 60 years, the James Bond franchise has served as a showcase for some of the world’s sexiest cars. And while we all know Agent 007 loves his Aston Martins, the villains in the long-running franchise have sported some standout supercars as well. Now, one of the most famous vehicles driven by a Bond baddie, an ultra-rare Jaguar C-X75 prototype, is hitting the auction block.
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The curvaceous supercar, which appeared in 2015’s Spectre , is set to be sold by RM Sotheby ’s at its Abu Dhabi auction at the end of the next month. One of four stunt cars built specifically for a chase scene in the 24th Bond film, the C-X75 was driven on screen by Dave Bautista, who played the villainous assassin, Mr. Hinx.
But the stunt car isn’t just a choice example of Bond memorabilia; it’s also a piece of automotive history. Unveiled as a concept in 2010, the car was set to go into production in 2011 but never did—the British automaker ended up producing just five examples. But two years later, Spectre producers approached Jaguar and Williams Advanced Engineering about making four special stunt versions (along with two “standard” versions) for use in filming. This specific car is the first.
In addition to being rare, the C-X75 is mighty impressive as well. Because it had to survive the rigors of filming on the winding streets of Rome, the car was outfitted with a tubular spaceframe made of extra-thick steel tubing and an extra-travel suspension. It also features a rebuilt supercharged V8 engine capable of producing an impressive 492 hp.
The 2015 Jaguar C-X75 used in the filming of ‘Spectre’ RM Sotheby's
While you wouldn’t know this was a stunt car from the outside, that quickly becomes clear once you’re inside. The elegant and luxurious touches associated with Jaguar are nowhere to be seen, instead replaced by a barebones interior that features a race car-style steering wheel, dash buttons and hydraulic handbrake. But considering the vehicle’s history, that’s just part of the charm.
Following filming, the car was sold to a British collector who has barely driven it since, according to the auction house. That means whoever is lucky enough to put in the winning bid is getting a car in fantastic condition. That seems only fair, because the new owner will have part with somewhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million to get it.
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Watch - Jaguar C-X75 driven, what's it like to be a Bond villain?
Built to be abused on the set of the bond film spectre, the jaguar c-x75 stunt car is a seriously entertaining machine.
- Enormous fun to drive
- You’ll never be able to buy one
What is it?
A Jaguar C-X75…sort of. The original 2010 show car featured a terrifically complicated hybrid drivetrain that used four electric motors, one driving each wheel. These motors were powered by batteries that took their charge from a pair of small gas turbines.
That original concept eventually morphed into a pre-production prototype , which was powered by a more conventional petrol-electric hybrid. Developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering – the applied technologies division of the Formula 1 Grand Prix team – that version of the C-X75 used a turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder with one motor on each axle.
Both versions were built around a carbon fibre tub. The C-X75 was on course to go into limited production as a direct rival to the likes of the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder , but Jaguar canned the project in 2012, citing the weak state of the global economy.
The C-X75 was handed a lifeline – of sorts – when the producers of the latest James Bond film, Spectre, cast it as the villain car.
The prototype models were used for the low-speed and static shots. They have lined cabins and the exteriors are finished to a high standard, but reasonably enough Jaguar and the producers agreed that those cars were too valuable for the extreme stunt driving makes up a proper Bond car chase sequence.
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The solution was to build a number of cars specifically for the punishing drift, jump and handbrake turn shots. Working again with Williams Advanced Engineering, Jaguar built five stunt cars. They’re built around a tubular spaceframe chassis with composite body panels. The tubing is so thick you could crash into a cathedral and come out the other side in pretty good shape.
Suspended on double wishbones all round the stunt cars use the same springs and dampers as a Porsche 911 GT3 tarmac rally car. Landing the cars softly from jumps was one of the main objectives, so they have long-travel, droopy suspension. The cars are also fitted with hydraulic handbrakes for the most dramatic handbrake turns.
The cars have no ABS or traction control, let alone switchable drive modes.
Engine, transmission and 0-60mph time
Rather than a costly and complicated hybrid drivetrain the C-X75 stunt cars use the 5-litre supercharged V8 from Jaguar’s F-type. It’s a reliable, cost-effective unit that delivers enormous power and torque. The F-type’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, however, is too long for the C-X75’s mid-engined configuration. The stunt cars therefore use the same sequential transmission as McLaren’s 650S GT3 competition car.
The V8 engine was actually found to be too powerful. For one thing the stock 542bhp and 502lb ft made the C-X75 very snappy on the limit, and for another that huge torque output chewed through driveshafts like they were made of Bond’s commitment to celibacy. The long-travel suspension necessitated high-angle driveshafts, which aren’t rated for such a high level of torque.
The solution was to limit torque output through the gears – first and second are limited to 350lb ft, with 450lb ft arriving in third and 500lb ft coming in from fourth gear onwards. Drive goes to the rear wheels only via a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Jaguar quotes a weight in the region of 1500kg, which would suggest a sub-four-second 0-60mph time.
What’s it like to drive?
Given the sort of precision driving the car is purpose-built for – drifting through Vatican City, for instance – it’s important that the stunt C-X75 is easy to operate, rather than being tricky or recalcitrant. For that reason it uses a centrifugal clutch – which means it can’t be stalled – and the steering is electrically-assisted.
The car is no more taxing at low speeds than an F-type, then, aside from it being rather hot and noisy within the un-trimmed cabin. What’s most impressive about the C-X75 stunt car, though, is the well-resolved driving experience. For such a low-volume, hard-working car to be as cohesive as this is both surprising and impressive.
The steering is crisp and intuitive while the front axle finds very strong turn-in bite on its Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. Despite the rally-derived suspension there’s very taut body control and tight roll resistance, which gives the C-X75 the immediacy and agility of a production-specification supercar.
The driving position feels very natural and the brakes are easy to modulate, despite lacking ABS. Were it not for the raw and stripped-out interior you could well believe that this C-X75 was in the latter stages of development before being signed off for production.
The overriding impression, though, is one of simple, honest fun. At corner exit the car can be coaxed into very fluid, controllable powerslides. The torque-limiting means that throttle inputs at corner exit are much less critical than might otherwise be, which makes the car readable and progressive under power. The mechanical LSD also behaves very predictably in this moment. With a pointy natural chassis balance the rear axle will quite readily start to mobilise itself off-throttle, though, which does require the driver to be alert.
The gearbox uses an unusual shifter mechanism. It’s a single, small paddle mounted to the left side of the steering column. Pushing it away changes down a gear and pulling it towards you changes up a gear. Given that in a conventional paddle shift car that second action would initiate a down-change you might imagine that the system would be counterintuitive, but it actually works very well indeed on the go.
The gearshifts are quick and clean, throttle response is very sharp and performance is strong without being really shocking.
All too often these days performance cars are smothered by their own multitude of driver aids and drive modes, or the complexity of their drivetrains. The C-X75 is a wonderfully simple machine. Built to be tough, it’s happiest when being slung this way and that, when being hung right over the edge and thrashed to within an inch of its life.
It’s not intimidating or particularly tricky to drive hard. In fact, it delivers one of the year’s purest, most entertaining driving experiences. Stunt drivers have never had it so good.
The C-X75’s greatest rival is, of course, the Bond-driven Aston Martin DB10. Read our impressions of that car here .
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Jaguar C-X75 Stunt Car From Bond Film ‘Spectre’ Heads to Auction
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Jaguar C-X75 was used in the James Bond film Spectre.
A Jaguar C-X75 stunt car built for the 2015 James Bond film Spectre will be offered at RM Sotheby’s inaugural auction in the Middle East on Nov. 30, with an estimate of between US$800,000 and US$1.2 million.
The car, with chassis no. 001, is one of a handful Jaguar C-X75 examples used as stunt cars in Spectre , starring Daniel Craig. While 007 is at the wheel of an Aston Martin DB10, Mr. Hinx, the assassin for the Spectre organization, chases him in a 2015 Jaguar C-X75.
The Jaguar C-X75 was intended to be a hybrid-electric, two-seat concept car produced by Jaguar in partnership with the Formula 1 team, Williams Advanced Engineering division, according to RM Sotheby’s. The model was first unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. In 2011, Jaguar announced that it planned to produce a limited 250 examples. However, the production was cancelled in 2012, and only five developmental prototypes were built to the intended production specifications.
Later, a group of stunt cars was built and used during the filming of Spectre , RM Sotheby’s said.
The car offered for sale was built specifically for the film. It features a space frame built to World Rally Championship specifications and powered by a specially modified dry-sump V8 engine.
Following filming, the car was returned to Williams and serviced and refitted with parts as needed. It was then utilized for Spectre promotions, and shipped to Mexico in late 2015 for an appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix, RM Sotheby’s said.
The auction will take place on the first floor of the Formula 1 Paddock Club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on the evening of Nov. 30, concurrent with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This marks RM Sotheby’s first auction in the Middle East.
Other highlights of the auction include a 1990 Ferrari F40, a 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, and a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder. More details will be released later.
A Jaguar C-X75 stunt car built for the 2015 James Bond film Spectre will be offered at RM Sotheby’s inaugural auction in the Middle East on Nov.
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A Jaguar C-X75 Stunt Car Used In Spectre Is Up For Sale
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Appears In Spectre
On film the car features in a breath-taking six-minute night chase through the streets of rome after bond flees the spectre meeting. driven by new spectre agent hinx, the jaguar c-x75 chases bond in his borrowed aston martin db10, screeching down narrow streets around vatican city and alongside the river tiber. both supercars hit speeds of 100mph and rattle down the 68 steps of the scalo de pinedo to the riverside. here, the jaguar is bathed in fire as bond engages his car’s rear flamethrowers. hinx eventually pulls to a smouldering stop just as bond leaps his car into the river and the aston slowly sinks., the vehicle the c-x75 concept car, developed with williams advanced engineering of f1 fame, debuted in 2010 at the paris motor show to represent the pinnacle of jaguar’s engineering and design. and while plans to put the car into full production stalled, jaguar continued the development of five prototypes, which aimed to match the performance stats of a bugatti veyron. the two cars share the same 220mph top speed., nestled between the bulkhead and the rear wheels is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces a massive 502bhp courtesy of a twin-scroll supercharger and a huge turbo. electric motors on each axle then add another 390bhp. with its seven-speed transmission, the car can sprint from 0-100mph in under six seconds., the production the existing c-x75 prototypes, with their lined cabins and highly finished exteriors, were too valuable to use in filming, for anything other than static or slow shots. therefore, seven replicas were built and adapted to handle the extreme stunt sequences. stunt driver martin ivanov was behind the wheel while three staggered crews worked around the clock doing the repairs., the prototype c-x75’s powerplant, and the electric motors on the axles, were not practical for the film’s stunt sequences, so a simpler and less costly 5.0-litre supercharged v8 engine was fitted along with the same transmission as the mclaren 650s gt3 competition car. each stunt car was built around a tubular space frame chassis with composite body panels. the abs and traction control were removed and hydraulic brakes were added, while the suspension was lengthened and boosted with rally-spec springs and dampers., despite the engine modifications, stunt co-ordinator gary powell noted that the c-x75 was so powerful that the production had to further tone down the engine, so the throttle response wasn’t as aggressive., coming soon.
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