Jaguar Land Rover Classic has put together a project that takes one their most elegant cars and gives it a new electric transmission. The Jaguar E-type Zero is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain enabling 0-100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.
The car is being shown at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
“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” says Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
While the car has been restored and kept completely original in specification, the drivetrain has been changed to an electric unit with a power output of 220kW. This consists of a lithium-ion battery pack that takes the place of the XK six-cylinder engine, while the electric motor and reduction gear sits where the gearbox did.
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, with minor modifications.
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).
The car’s headlights are also converted to LED units for better power consumption.
The final car is said to drive and handle exactly like the original E-type, with similar weight distribution front and back, although the total weight is 46 kgs less.