Most automakers surf the electric tide by trying to design the car of the future. Jaguar Land Rover, however, has other ideas. Unveiled at the UK Tech Fest, the Jaguar E-Type Zero pairs forward-thinking technology with a veritably iconic design. It’s part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ongoing effort to ensure that forging ahead doesn’t mean leaving great automotive achievements behind. To which we say: job well done!
Known for its powerful XK engine and stunning design, the original Jaguar E-Type (aka XK-E) was an instant sensation upon its debut in 1961. Indeed, Enzo Ferrari himself once dubbed it as “the most beautiful car ever made” and to this day some models routinely fetch six figures at auction.
With the E-Type Zero, Jaguar eschewed the original engine in favour of a zero-emission powertrain with 295 hp and a 40 kWH battery-powered electric motor that can go 168 miles on a single charge. The conversion shed 100 pounds off the weight and didn’t hurt the performance, either. Indeed, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds means the ride is as speedy as it ever was, if not more so. Other modern touch ups include energy saving LED-headlights and a digital screen on the dash.
While the Jaguar E-Type Zero will likely never go into production, the automaker is certainly thinking along the right lines. At the very least the innovation shows that converting to electric is a viable route should gasoline engines ever become outright banned. Good on Jaguar for anticipating the best of future while preserving the best of the past.