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C-X75 stunt car hits the road

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Dan Prosser | Ti co-founder


29 February 2024

You’ll never see me pass up a chance to write about movie stunt cars, and Ti contributor Ian Callum has given me all the opportunity I need. His design and engineering firm, CALLUM, has made one of the Jaguar C-X75 stunt cars produced for the Bond film Spectre road legal – and it’ll be presented for the first time at the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble on 21 April.

There were numerous versions of the C-X75 hypercar – the original show car with four electric motors powered by batteries that were recharged by gas turbines; the follow-up with a conventional piston engine in place of the turbines (this is the one that was set for limited production at one stage); and the handful of stunt cars built for the Bond film.

Prosser drove one of the stunt cars in Mexico in 2015

The latter were produced by Williams Advanced Engineering using a rock-solid spaceframe chassis with Jaguar’s venerable supercharged V8 powering the rear wheels. These were the cars that performed the Vatican City jumps, drifts and handbrake turns that we saw on screen. I adore movie stunt cars because they’re so great to drive. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon in one of the Spectre C-X75s several years ago and it was a blast.

Like competition cars, stunt cars are built for a single purpose, meaning they’re light, simple and tough as old boots. But unlike a racing car, stunt cars need to be easy to fling about the place, so they’re set up to be benign and progressive at the limit, with not too much grip, plenty of steering lock and lots of wheel travel.

The Spectre stunt cars were built by Williams Advanced Engineering

The No Time to Die Astons were just as fun

They are, essentially, designed and built to be fun to drive. The BMW E46 M3-powered Aston Martin DB5 replicas built for another Bond film, No Time to Die, were just the same. How wonderful, then, that one of those C-X75s might actually be used now that it can be driven on the road. There are plenty of other supercars and hypercars with more power and way more sophisticated electronics and so on, but I would venture that few will be more enjoyable to drive.

CALLUM has added catalytic converters, fitted indicators and changed the glass to meet type approval standards. The Intercooler will be at the Sunday Scramble in April with our own breathtaking display (more on that soon), hoping for a glimpse of a Jaguar C-X75 on the public road.

Ian Callum tells the tale of the Jaguar C-X75 in this two-part article for The Intercooler