Behave: Jaguar Putting Electric E-Type Into Production

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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  • Shortest Circuit Shortest Circuit on Aug 27, 2018

    Put solar panels on top of the garage and drive around in this for free? Yes please. (In reality the solar cells I could make reality, and maybe a.... Leaf. used.)

  • IBx1 IBx1 on Aug 27, 2018

    Don't want. Half the experience of the car is how it looks, and the other half is how it sounds. It doesn't need to be unreliable, but it does need to have a multiple of 6 cylinders under the hood.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.