When a car is named 'The most beautiful car in the world' it would be foolish for a brand not to preserve this for years to come.
The Jaguar E-type has always sprung to the minds of individuals as a car of pure beauty and craftsmanship. Jaguar have worked hard, since the original model was launched back in 1961, to ensure that they have maintained this vision while launching exciting concepts. The launch of Jaguar Land Rover Classic completed the production of the 'missing six' Lightweight E-type models in 2014, one of which was acquired by the Stratstone group, and has since been creating its own legacy both across the UK and further afield.
Now, three years later in 2017, an exciting development has been launched, set to electrify the past. Restored at the same location as the Lightweight, Classic Works in Coventry, an inventive Jaguar E-type sports car is born - The E-type Concept Zero.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic have put a spin on Jaguar's vision and FUTURE-TYPE concept which aspires to meet the mobility needs of future generations. Rather than putting complete focus on new models, the team have electrified the past, with a 1968 Series 1.5 E-type Roadster taking one of the centre spots in the FUTURE-TYPE concept roll out next to the upcoming I-PACE 5-seater sports car.
While the roadster maintains its original external appearance, it has been re-engineered from the inside out. Under the bonnet lies an entirely new set up, a cutting-edge electric powertrain which propels the car from 0-62mph in an incredible 5.5 seconds, faster than the original E-type Series 1 by one second. A revolutionary achievement combining the historical beauty of the E-type with zero emissions.
Like the remaining Lightweight E-type models which were brought to life in 2014, the E-type Zero has been restored in line with original specification using the same materials and techniques where possible. Apart from the revolutionary electric power-train, the only other differences to the original specification are the redesigned instrument cluster and facia in the cockpit as well as LED headlights, which contribute to the efficiency of the electric Jaguar. These modern touches have been designed and styled in line with the original Series 1 Jaguar E-Type design.
An incredible amount of work has gone into the design of the classic electric car engine, which has been developed from scratch for the E-type Concept Zero. The original XK engine specification was also taken into account with the lithium-ion battery being of similar proportions and weight to the original six-cylinder. The layout of the engine bay has been configured so that the electric powertrain sits in the same place as the XK engine, meaning a conventional engine could be reinstalled if desired, allowing a period Jaguar to remain authentic to its DNA.
With the front-rear weight distribution remaining unchanged, the E-type Zero is just like the original; it drives, handles and rides in the same way. There is an exciting prospect for future models, as the original XK engine was fitted to almost all of Jaguar's iconic models in that time, meaning the any of these models could be equipped with this electrician power. Possibly an insight of what is to come from Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
"Concept Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breath-taking driving sensation."
With electrification becoming more and more present in the new car market, the initiative which has brought the E-type Zero has created an exciting outlook on the possible future for classic vehicles.