Felipe Massa along with the Williams Martini Racing team have traveled to Mexico for this weekend’s Formula 1 race, but in his spare time the experimented Brazilian driver had the special opportunity to drive one of the most exclusive supercars, the Jaguar C-X75. It’s only a concept that won’t reach the production line, so only a handful of people had the chance to drive it.
Felipe Massa is one of them and he took the C-X75 for a spin to celebrate the SPECTRE Americas Premiere on November 2nd, thus bringing the total number of James Bond movies to an impressive 24. The vehicle is featured in the movie where it’s driven by actor Dave Bautista who plays the “Hinx” character and the car was provided by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in association with Williams Advanced Engineering who was the development partner.
For this weekend’s Formula 1 race, the two Williams Martini Racing FW37 cars will have “007 SPECTRE” logos as a way to promote the highly anticipated movie which in its opening scenes shows the action taking place in Mexico City.
As for the car itself, it debuted back in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and was labeled as a spiritual successor of the iconic XJ220. The stunning concept has a 354 kmph top speed thanks to a Formula 1-derived 1.6-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine that pushes out 502 bhp at an amazing 10,000 rpm. The conventional engine is teamed up with two electric motors that provide an extra 390 bhp to enable the C-X17 have a combined output of no less than 850 bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque.
The concept can also be driven in electric mode for up to 60 km and comes with a deployable aerofoil and special underfloor aerodynamics which help the car generate in excess of 200 kg of downforce at 322 kmph.
As a final note, Jaguar almost made the car as a limited-run special edition to celebrate the company’s 80th anniversary, but in the end they decided to cancel the project because the concept was just too old to be revived.