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“The most beautiful car in the world” has gone electric

7 September 2017

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has created an E-Type with a fully electric powertrain. The E-Type Concept Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type Roadster, but now offers zero-emission driving.

The E-Type, which was described by none other than Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, uses its cutting-edge electric powertrain to propel the Concept Zero to 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds.  Despite the vintage looks, the state of the art 220kW motor offers a mixed usage range of around 270km on a single charge.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hanning explained that the E-Type Concept Zero was created with the idea of future-proofing classic cars in mind. “E-type Zero combines the renowned E-Type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”

He added that emphasis had been given to the concept’s driving experience. The car is 46 kg lighter in weight than the E-Type it is based on, and while a second quicker from 0-62 than the original, the car’s power has been limited to make it as engaging a drive as possible. In addition, using an electric powertrain that is similar in size and weight to the original’s petrol engine means that the car’s structure, including suspension and brakes has not changed, so it drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-Type.

Finally, and reassuringly for those who lament the loss of the E-Type’s XK six-cylinder block, the electric  powertrain has been integrated into the existing E-Type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point.

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