What’s with British car manufacturers reviving their iconic classic nameplates? Jaguar re-produced the D-Type earlier this year, while Aston Martin revives the ‘Goldfinger’ DB5 and Cygnet. A similar trend can also be observed in the music/entertainment scene lately, where modern bands copy what had been the hit in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
It sounds as if reviving the past has become the trend since the last couple of years and Jaguar isn’t done with it just yet. Apart from bringing the D-Type back from the grave, it’s also re-building the E-Type once again and this time, it draws power from an electric motor. Yup, Jaguar Classic, source of authentic Jaguar and Land Rover cars, as well as genuine service and parts, has confirmed it – the classic nameplate will live to breathe once again as an electric car.
Badged as the E-Type Zero Concept, the idea first debuted at the 2017 Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest. It received positive feedbacks, which pushed Jaguar Classic to take the concept seriously. Jaguar Classic will offer restored and EV-converted E-Types straight from the Classic Works facility.
"We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic. “E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”
Of course, if Jaguar’s reviving an electrified iconic nameplate, it better uses the brand’s outstanding technology available. That’s going to be the ones found on the I-PACE, which the brand prefers calling as its award-winning zero-emission SUV. Jaguar Classic will also be offering EV conversion services for existing E-Type owners. Those who wishes their E-Types to contribute with the preservation of nature, you may all do so.
However, if you happen to have a change of heart, the good thing is that the conversion is fully reversible – anyone may revert the whole process and have their precious combustion engines back in the engine bay. But, why need it back when Jaguar promises the same driving experience and improved performance – all aside from having zero emissions?
Believe it or not, the electric motor is promised to be in the same weight distribution as the gasoline engine and transmission. It will be located in the same position as to the conventional gasoline engine, while Jaguar Classic has given it a new drive shaft. In result, the suspension, brakes, front-rear weight distribution, and driving experience hasn’t changed.
To achieve this so-called improved performance, Jaguar Classic is loading in a 40-kW battery under the hood. It can be recharged in an estimated time of six to seven hours, depending on how powerful the power source is. It is targeted to have an at least 274-km range.
The E-Type Zero featured a Bespoke Bronze paint finish, which was seen admired at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering in the US.