JAGUAR E-TYPE ZERO: Aesthetics with High Performance and Technology
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Jaguar comes from huge legacy and has an established name as it is always innovating. The brand has recently presented an electric-powered Jaguar E-type at the Jaguar Land Rover TechFest that took place at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London from 8 to 10 September.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said:
Imagine the outstanding performance of the E-type in an electric-powered Jaguar E-type Zero, which also drives and looks like an E-type. It’s quicker than an original E-type: 0-100km/h (62mph) takes only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type.
Tech Fest saw the display of the E-type Zero vehicle. The E-type is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster. Inspired by the original E-type, the new car is totally original in a specification, apart from its 21st-century modern powertrain and modified instrumentation and fascia. The energy efficiency is also achieved by the LED headlights. The styling theme of the original series 1 E-Type is being adopted by the car.
Bespoke electric powertrain
The electric powertrain that develops 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Zero. Alike the original E-Type the car has a lithium-ion battery pack with the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine. The powertrain will be placed in the same location as the XK engine. Total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type. Also, the electric motor (and reduction gear) are under the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox.
Using an electric powertrain with similar weight and dimensions to the outgoing petrol engine and transmission means the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes, has not changed, simplifying the conversion and homologation. The essence of the original E-type can be felt in the drive, handling, and brakes. Front-rear weight distribution is unchanged.
The XK six-cylinder engine is from the production era of 1949 until 1992 and was fitted to nearly all famous Jaguar models of that period, including the E-type, XK120, Mk2, and XJ6.
‘The most beautiful car ever made’
Launched in 1961, the E-Type has always had the heart of the onlookers as it has been voted the best-looking car of all time. Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made”.
A lot of hard work by an electric powertrain specialist in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover engineers developed the E-type Zero’s unique electric powertrain and to a specific brief from Jaguar Land Rover Classic. Borrowing from the upcoming I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover’s first production all-electric vehicle, the customers will be able to see some similar technology and components.
Supported by low weight and good aerodynamics, the E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles). The battery has the power of 40kWh battery that can be recharged from home overnight (typically in six to seven hours, depending on power source).
The model seems interesting for the people who have immense love for technology and performance, as this model blends both.