Jaguar un­veils elec­tri­fied E-Type

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - YOUR CAR -

Jaguar has re­vealed an elec­tri­fied ver­sion of the clas­sic E-Type.

Named E-Type Zero, the his­toric road­ster fea­tures a be­spoke elec­tric driv­e­train, and was dis­played at Jaguar Land Rover’s re­cent Tech Fest event in Lon­don.

The car, a 1968 Se­ries 1.5 E-Type, was re­stored and con­verted by Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic Works in Coven­try.

An elec­tric mo­tor pro- duc­ing 220kW means the clas­sic sports car is ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0-60mph in 5.3 sec­onds, a sec­ond quicker than with the orig­i­nal in­ter­nal com­bus­tion engine.

A real-world range of 170 miles is claimed by Jaguar, with an es­ti­mated six-to­seven-hour charge time.

The be­spoke pow­er­train has been built to match the di­men­sions of the orig­i­nal run­ning gear, mean­ing no mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been made to the chas­sis to ac­com­mo­date it.

As a re­sult, the petrol engine and man­ual gear­box can be re­fit­ted at any time, while the elec­tric run­ning gear could be fit­ted to any Jaguar mod­els of the same pe­riod – namely the XK120, Mk2 and XJ6.

Jaguar says the car still han­dles, rides and brakes ex­actly like an orig­i­nal E-Type.

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