Remember the ill-fated Jaguar C-X75 concept that was first introduced in 2010? It was previously reported that the supercar project was cancelled due to bad economy, but it seems that the company is now considering a new-generation rival to take on the latest Porsche 911.

According to a report by Autocar, people close to the project are favouring a pure electric model with a midship powerplant, which is a departure from the current F-Type‘s front-engine, rear-wheel drive or AWD layout. Former design director Ian Callum also revealed to the publication that he had laid out a blueprint for the next-generation sports car, and said “we could get quite close to the C-X75.”

“There’s still a formula within Jaguar for a front-mid-engined car. I have a preference for mid-engined cars. It’s certainly something I would like to see,” Callum added. Word is Jaguar has produced two design approaches, one in the form of a short-nosed electric midship sports car, and another longer bonnet version with a conventional engine, which includes an electrified V8 engine.

“For an electric sports car, you could make a shape like [the C-X75] with the batteries in a T or H-shape through the middle. Or you could make it as a longitudinal internal-combustion mid-engined car. It would be short enough. So the style won’t dictate the drivetrain, but the drivetrain may dictate the style,” he explained.

The existing F-Type will still continue to be offered for three more years, but Callum confirmed in April that the development cycle for its successor would have to begin soon. However, the said successor may not benefit from an all-new platform due to the high costs involved, and JLR is in the midst of recovering from the shockingly huge losses it went through in Q4 2018.

One way to go about this is to again team up with BMW – the two entities have already forged existing partnerships to develop next-gen electric drive systems and expand powertrain collaborations across their internal combustion engine line-up. As previously reported, JLR may even use BMW’s FAAR front-driven platform for a range of compact models, including Land Rover SUVs.

With BMW mulling the shift to full electric propulsion for the next-generation i8, Jaguar could very well cut back on R&D costs, while at the same time pool engineering expertise and resources from the Bavarian company. Another alternative is to utilise Jaguar’s own platform used in the I-Pace, although repurposing the platform for a midship sports car would require further investment.

Earlier in the year, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations director Jamal Hameedi admitted that the V8 engine still has plenty of life and will not be killed by strict emissions regulations. The company’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 produces 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque in its strongest form with the F-Type SVR, but as mentioned earlier, the succeeding F-Type may just go down the full electric route. Thoughts, folks?

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