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Jaguar resurrects the E-type with an electric motor as the E-type Zero

Jaguar resurrects the E-type w...
The E-type Zero is a Series 1 E-type whose chassis and exterior have been painstakingly restored to original
The E-type Zero is a Series 1 E-type whose chassis and exterior have been painstakingly restored to original
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Under the Jaguar E-type Zero's hood, replacing the engine, is a precisely-placed and weighted set of batteries
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Under the Jaguar E-type Zero's hood, replacing the engine, is a precisely-placed and weighted set of batteries
The battery pack for the Jaguar E-type Zero was designed specifically to replace the original XK engine in both size and weight in order to fit perfectly into the classic carriage
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The battery pack for the Jaguar E-type Zero was designed specifically to replace the original XK engine in both size and weight in order to fit perfectly into the classic carriage
In the boot, beneath the deck of the E-type, are more control electronics
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In the boot, beneath the deck of the E-type, are more control electronics
The plug to charge the E-type Zero is located where the filler cap would be, underneath the fuel hatch on the Jag’s left-rear fender
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The plug to charge the E-type Zero is located where the filler cap would be, underneath the fuel hatch on the Jag’s left-rear fender
One of the giveaways that this restored Jaguar E-type is not all that it seems is what's found inside the cabin
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One of the giveaways that this restored Jaguar E-type is not all that it seems is what's found inside the cabin
A fully modern, electronic instrument cluster and center stack display are placed carefully into the restored E-type for the Zero project
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A fully modern, electronic instrument cluster and center stack display are placed carefully into the restored E-type for the Zero project
The entire EV setup, Jaguar says, is about 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the original E-type with its six-cylinder engine and transmission
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The entire EV setup, Jaguar says, is about 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the original E-type with its six-cylinder engine and transmission
The similarly-weighted and placed components for the electric-drive Zero mean that Jaguar Land Rover Classic did not have to modify the original car’s structure, suspension or braking, and front-to-rear weight distribution is unchanged
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The similarly-weighted and placed components for the electric-drive Zero mean that Jaguar Land Rover Classic did not have to modify the original car’s structure, suspension or braking, and front-to-rear weight distribution is unchanged
The E-type Zero features a 220 kW powertrain with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total vehicle range is about 170 miles
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The E-type Zero features a 220 kW powertrain with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total vehicle range is about 170 miles
The E-type Zero is a Series 1 E-type whose chassis and exterior have been painstakingly restored to original
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The E-type Zero is a Series 1 E-type whose chassis and exterior have been painstakingly restored to original
The Jaguar E-type Zero has a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 5.5 seconds, a full second faster than the original E-type
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The Jaguar E-type Zero has a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 5.5 seconds, a full second faster than the original E-type
The Jaguar E-type Zero is a restored Series 1.5 E-type Roadster with an electric powertrain
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The Jaguar E-type Zero is a restored Series 1.5 E-type Roadster with an electric powertrain

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has been restoring and rebuilding ultra-classic JLR models for some time. The company has revealed a new take on a classic at its Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, with an electrified E-type called the Zero. It's faster than the original, and looks just as good.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has been restoring JLR vehicles of the past, including the Series 1 E-type models, since early this year – including some ground-up recreations. JLR Classic is a division of Jaguar Land Rover aimed specifically at its historic side, in aiding or conducting restorations and limited reproductions of past vehicles. Most of the restored E-type beauties have been pre-sold or slated for ownership before restoration even began. This car, however, is an exception.

The Jaguar E-type Zero is a restored Series 1.5 E-type Roadster with an electric powertrain, whose chassis and exterior have been painstakingly restored to original. Most of the interior elements are also period-perfect. There are, however, two things that give away its not-quite-original status. The first is the very modern, virtual display instrument cluster and center console equipment. The second is its lack of engine sound when started up and running.

The plug to charge it is located where the filler cap would be, underneath the fuel hatch on the Jag's left-rear fender. Under its hood, replacing the engine, is a precisely-placed and weighted set of batteries. Behind that is an electric motor to power the car forward, along with its reduction gear, placed where the transmission would otherwise be. In the boot, beneath the deck, are more control electronics. The motor connects to a newly-designed propshaft that connects to a carry-over differential for final drive of the rear wheels.

Under the Jaguar E-type Zero's hood, replacing the engine, is a precisely-placed and weighted set of batteries
Under the Jaguar E-type Zero's hood, replacing the engine, is a precisely-placed and weighted set of batteries

The entire setup, Jaguar says, is about 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the original E-type with its six-cylinder engine and transmission. The similarly-weighted and placed components for the electric-drive Zero mean that Jaguar Land Rover Classic did not have to modify the original car's structure, suspension, or braking, and front-to-rear weight distribution is unchanged. This makes the electric powertrain components as drop-in as possible for simplified conversion of any Series 1.

"We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point," said Tim Hanning, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. "We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA. We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar."

That XK engine he speaks of was a long-running, popular choice for Jaguar for over four decades. From 1949 until 1992, the XK six was found in most of the brand's iconic models including the XK120, Mk2, and the XJ6, as well as two generations (series) of the E-type.

The E-type Zero features a 220 kW powertrain with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total vehicle range is about 170 miles (270 km) per charge with a six to seven-hour charge time for most 220V charging stations. It has a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 5.5 seconds, a full second faster than the original E-type. If this powertrain sounds familiar, it's a slightly modified version of what's found in Jaguar's upcoming I-PACE production electric.

For us, the Jaguar Series 1 E-type is a beautiful choice for an electric conversion as it's one of the most beautiful cars ever made (so said Enzo Ferrari, so we have solid backing for that statement). The E-type is also one of the best-handling roadsters of all time, with fans the world over who spend fortunes collecting and restoring these classics. Adding the electrics just makes it more timeless.

The E-type Zero can be seen at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London on September 8-10, and in the following video.

Jaguar E Type Zero electric restomod

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

2 comments
Robert in Vancouver
I wonder why car makers don't continue making cars that have proven to be classics in great demand such as the Jaguar E Type, 1957 Chevy hardtop, 1967 Stingray, etc. Make the exact same body as the original car with the newest drivetrain and other parts. Some minor changes for safety would be required but the cars would look virtually the same as classics that sell for a million dollars now.
Jason Catterall
170 miles with 220kw and a 40kw battery? Suuuuuuure. That's what the new Leaf manages with an 80kw motor. On a good day. With 220kw I reckon this would manage no more than 60 miles if driven with any kind of pepper.