Behave: Jaguar Putting Electric E-Type Into Production
The sexiest car ever built rides again, only this time it won’t emit pollutants from its slender, chrome tailpipes. Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the automaker’s parts and servicing arm for old British tin, has announced a production version of its 2017 E-Type Zero concept will be made available to buyers.
Yes, this is the vehicle that Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, drove away from Windsor Castle in following their May nuptials.
Boasting a body long considered the equivalent of automotive porn, the E-Type Zero uses a restored E-Type Series I as a starting point. Beneath the car’s shapely flanks, however, it’s strictly 21st Century living.
Citing the “overwhelmingly positive reaction” to its 2017 concept car, Jaguar Classic claims the first E-Type Zeros should reach buyers in 2020. Not only will the company offer what must be a very limited amount of custom-built models to well-off customers, it will also perform electric conversions for any E-Type owner looking to ditch their inline-six (or V12).
The company describes the effort as “future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership.”
In place of the Series I’s six-cylinder motor is a 40 kWh battery pack with an electric motor mounted to the rear, where the internal combustion car’s transmission would be. This means weight distribution and handling remains unchanged. Jaguar Classic claims more than a few components from Jaguar’s I-Pace EV crossover went into the E-Type Zero.
A new propshaft and differential sends the emission-free power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission, while the suspension and brakes stay the same. The company claims a range “in excess” of 170 miles.
“E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic,” said Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig.
It’s not just the powertrain that sees a modern touch, either. While the car’s delightful steering wheel remains unchanged, upgraded gauges, plus a new console and an optional touchscreen interface, make for a contemporary cabin environment. The headlights also go the LED route.
Jaguar Classic isn’t mentioning specifications or pricing yet. Right now, it just wants expressions of interest from would-be owners interested in a vintage Jag with no oil leaks or stalling issues.
[Images: Jaguar Classic]
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