The most beautiful car ever made

The Jaguar E-type was acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”. Now, Jaguar Land Rover Classic electrifies the past with an inventive Jaguar E-type sports car featuring fully electric powertrain. The Jaguar Land Rover Classic E-type, called the E-type Zero, is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain.

The E-type Zero, has been restored and converted at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, a stone’s throw from where the E-type was born.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “E-type Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.”

“Our aim with E-type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”

With the linear torque curve of an electric powertrain combined with the E-type’s beautiful dynamics, 0-62mph comes up in just 5.5 seconds, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type.

Tim Hannig said: “In order to seamlessly combine the new electric powertrain of E-type Zero with the dynamic set-up of the original E-type specification, we have limited the vehicle’s power output. We believe this provides the optimum driving experience.”

The E-type Zero is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. It is a totally original specification car, 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, which adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type, are also used to achieve energy efficiency.

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 to ensure authentic driving dynamics and weight distribution. The electric motor (and reduction gear) lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.

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.

Tim Hannig said:“We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point. We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA.

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.

Tim Hannig said: “We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar.”

The E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles), 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).Enquiries regarding E-type Zero should be made using: +44 (0)203 601 1255 or info@classic.jaguar.co.uk

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