Originally launched in 1961, the E-type has regularly been voted one of the best-looking cars of all time. Heck, even Enzo Ferrari called it ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. Well, the Jaguar icon is getting a 21st century update in the E-type Zero concept, probably the most attractive electric car in the world.
Classic looks. Cutting edge tech. Based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster, the E-type Zero offers an iconic silhouette, while Jaguar electrifies the past with an inventive Jaguar E-type sports car featuring a fully electric powertrain.
According to Jag, the E-type Zero is totally original in specification. That is apart from its 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation and facia, and LED headlights which are used to achieve energy efficiency. That said, all of which were inspired by the original E-type’s beauty and form.
The E-type Zero gets all its power from an electric powertrain developing 220kW. That means it not only drives and looks like an E-type, it also offers outstanding performance. It’s quicker than an original E-type: 0-100km/h (62mph) takes only 5.5 seconds, which is about one second quicker than a Series 1 E-type.
According to Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the ‘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.
The E-type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of about 170 miles (270km), helped by the low weight (46kg lower than the original E-type) and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight (typically in six to seven hours, depending on power source).
While the Jaguar E-type Zero is currently just in the concept stage, we’d be surprised if it didn’t get some love. It’s efficient and, more than anything, gorgeous to look at. Head over to the Jaguar Website for more details.