66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 106

THE CLASSIC Is this classic Jaguar E-Type the zenith of the ‘resto mod’? So far, so conventional, you might think. Until you take a peek under the bonnet… What started as a one-off show- piece for Jaguar Classic (the brand’s internal restoration and refurbishment workshop) has since received such an overwhelmingly positive reception, that the Coventry-based team has announced the E-Type Zero will be built to order. Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from 2020. Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I- Pace EV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at their Classic Works facility. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. But in order to preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible. The Jaguar E-type Zero concept looks and drives like an original E-type, but it also offers outstanding performance; quicker acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type, for example. Jaguar Classic is targeting a range in excess of 270km for the all-electric E-types, helped by the car’s low kerb weight. The cars will be powered by a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged in six to seven hours, depending on the power source. Apart from its state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation and fascia showcasing the latest touchscreen infotainment (which will be available as an option), the E-type Zero concept is largely original. Efficient LED headlights complement the iconic Series 1 design. An electric powertrain with single-speed reduction gear has been specially designed for the E-type, utilising many Jaguar I-Pace components. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the standard E-type’s six-cylinder petrol XK engine and is in the same location. The electric motor lies just behind the battery pack, in place of the E-type’s gearbox. A new prop-shaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. 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 keeping the driving experience in line with the original vehicle. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type with front-rear weight distribution unchanged. And it’s instantly the most beautiful EV you’re ever likely to see, too.