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Jaguar’s E-Type Zero – Is this the Most Beautiful EV in the World?

October 1, 2017

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Finally, a classic car for nerds! Jaguar electrifies the past with the Jaguar E-type Zero sports car featuring fully electric powertrain.

If this isn’t Austin Powers’ dream ride, then there’s no pleasing him… Groovy Baby!

The Original Jaguar E-type, launched in 1961, is a beautiful classic car. It has regularly been voted the best-looking car of all time and Enzo Ferrari even called it “the most beautiful car ever made” once.

Now, Jaguar has taken this timeless beauty and added some modern tech to keep it relevant in the 21st century! The car, known as E-type Zero, has been restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, not far from where the original E-type was born.

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar E-Type Zero | Side

E-type Zero’s unique electric powertrain was developed by an electric powertrain specialist in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover engineers and to a specific brief from Jaguar Land Rover Classic. It uses some technology and components borrowed from the upcoming I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover’s first production all-electric vehicle.

The E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km, helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight (typically in six to seven hours, depending on power source).

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar E-Type Zero | Classic dashboard with modern twist

The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers the same sporty performance. It’s actually quicker than an original E-type: 0-100km/h takes only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type.

The E-type Zero vehicle, which was displayed at Tech Fest last month at Central Saint Martins in London, is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. It’s totally original in specification, apart from its 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type. LED headlights are also used to achieve energy efficiency, byt they also adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type.

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar E-Type Zero | ‘Fuel’ Cap

An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. The experts responsible for developing the electric powertrain have ensured it will be placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine. The electric motor (and reduction gear) lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new prop shaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar E-Type Zero | Electrified classic beauty in motion 

Using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the outgoing petrol engine and transmission means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and homologation. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type. Front-rear weight distribution is unchanged.

Jaguar E-Type Zero
Jaguar E-Type Zero | XK 330-4 Powertrain

The XK six-cylinder engine was made from 1949 until 1992, and was fitted to nearly all iconic Jaguar models of that period, including the E-type, XK120, Mk2 and XJ6. The new electric powertrain could be used in any of these vehicles.

What say, you, we go out on the town and swing, baby? Yeah!


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