Top design award for Jaguar C-X75

The jet-powered Jaguar, which recently appeared on BBC’s Top Gear, won the Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award 2010 by a Louis Vitton panel.

The panel included McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, Porsche design chief Harm Lagaaij, Louis Vuitton’s Director of Innovation Xavier Dixsaut and founder of the award, automotive consultant Christian Philippsen.

Jaguar’s concept electric supercar was praised by judges for its futuristic technology and stunning design remaining true to Jaguar’s brand without looking to the past for inspiration.

“It’s fantastic for us to be recognised by the world of fashion with this award,” said Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar. “We’re at our best when we’re breaking the mould – making our cars stand out for all the right reasons.

C-X75 is only a concept supercar, but it’s a clear statement of Jaguar’s intent to continue creating bold, innovative and beautiful performance cars.”

The award was presented to Jaguar in Paris, where the C-X75 was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010.

The car runs on electric power but once the battery runs low, two jet engine turbines kick in to charge the battery and deliver CO2 emissions of just 28g/km despite the supercar-like performance and theoretical top speed of 205mph.

Unfortunately, the costs associated with putting the technology into production make it unlikely the C-X75 will ever be sold.

It is instead an indication the British-based manufacturer has recovered after several years of financial difficulties.

This is mainly down to a new range of stylish cars starting with the XK coupe. The subsequent Jaguar XF and XJ series were both popular with buyers and the XJ alone has won over 25 international awards since its launch last year.