JAGUAR has unveiled an all-electric version of its iconic E-Type sports car, a move that is sure to divide purists all over the world.
Called the E-Type Zero, the classic roadster’s straight-six engine has been swapped for a new, bespoke electric drivetrain.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry performed the conversion, fitting the 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type with a new 295bhp electric motor.
This allows the convertible sports car to complete the benchmark dash from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds – a whole second quicker than the original.
Jaguar claims the electric E-Type can travel as far as 170 miles on a single charge, and that the reinvented classic car will be able to recharge in six to seven hours.
The electrified powertrain was designed to match the exact dimensions of the original running gear, meaning the chassis did not require any modifications to make way for it.
This means that the original petrol engine and manual transmission can be swapped back in with little fuss. It also means the electric power train is compatible with other classic Jaguar models from the same period – including the XK120, Mk2 and XJ6.
According to Jaguar, the E-Type Zero still rides, handles and brakes in the exact same fashion as the original car.
Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “E-Type Zero combines the renowned E-Type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.
“Our aim with E-Type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”