JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO - “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

7 September 2017

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is presenting an electric-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, which opens to the public on 8 September in London

  • Jaguar Land Rover Classic electrifies the past with an inventive Jaguar E-type sports car featuring fully electric powertrain
  • Acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, the Jaguar E-type now combines breathtaking beauty with zero emissions for the first time
  • E-type Zero is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain enabling 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds
  • Engineered by Jaguar Land Rover Classic at company’s new ‘Classic Works’ in Warwickshire, UK
  • E-type Zero makes world debut during Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. The event begins with a media preview on 7 September and is open to public visitors from 8-10 September
  • E-Type Zero will sit alongside the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE at Tech Fest, which goes on sale in 2018
  • Enquiries regarding E-type Zero should be made using: +44 (0)203 601 1255 or info@classic.jaguar.co.uk #jaguarelectrifies

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 E-type was born.

JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

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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.

Tim Hannig
Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

The Jaguar E-type Zero not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance. It’s quicker than an original E-type: 0-100km/h (62mph) takes only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type.

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.

Tim Hannig
Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic

The E-type Zero vehicle, displayed at Tech Fest, 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. Again, they adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type.

JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

Bespoke electric powertrain

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 propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type.

JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

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.

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.

Tim Hannig
Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

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.

We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar.

Tim Hannig
Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic

‘The most beautiful car ever made’

The E-type, launched in 1961, has regularly been voted the best-looking car of all time. Even Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made”.

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.

JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

 

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).

JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”
JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC CAR IN THE WORLD”

The Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, where the electric Jaguar E-type is unveiled, is being held at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. The media day is 7 September and it is open to the public from 8-10 September.

Further information

All enquiries should be directed to:

info@classic.jaguar.co.uk

+44 (0) 203 601 1255

www.jaguar.com/about-jaguar/jaguar-classic

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Notes to Editors

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide.

Our rapidly growing team of highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry specialises in outstanding Reborn restorations for both brands, and building exclusive New Original continuation cars, such as the Jaguar Lightweight E-type and XKSS.