Jaguar E-Type Zero – Yesterday, Meet Tomorrow
By TMA Howe
Regarded as one of the most attractive luxury sports cars in history, the Jaguar E-Type was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in March 1961. Even the great Enzo Ferrari described the E-Type as the most beautiful car in the world.
Throughout the 60s and 70s, the E-Type evolved, Roadster and Coupe models initially, followed by a 2+2 model. Finally, the E-Type was superseded by the XJ-S in 1975. While the XJ-S was around for the next 20 or so years, the E-Type remains the car that still turns heads today.
Jaguar continued to lead the market in luxury with elegant design for many years and more recently has made the step from classic cars of yesterday to technological leaders for the future. The Jaguar I-Pace was launched recently and has given Jaguar the lead over mainstream rivals with their first all-electric car.
Now imagine, what if you could take the beauty of yesterday and merge it with the technology of tomorrow? Well, Jaguar has done just that with the amazing E-Type Zero. A fully factory restored and converted original E‑type, the E‑type Zero combines the spirit of the 60s icon with zero‑emission powertrain technology. Combining their restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power.
The Jaguar E-type Zero concept not only drives, handles, rides, and brakes like an original E-type, it also offers outstanding performance, with quicker acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type.
Together with the state-of-the-art powertrain, modified instrumentation, and efficient LED headlights, the E-Type Zero allows drivers to compliment the original interior of their 60s model with an optional touchscreen infotainment system. It’s the perfect blend of traditional craftsmanship and modernity.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept,” says Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director. “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.”
Follow this link to learn more about this remarkable vehicle.
TMA Howe is Luxury Globe Media’s UK Automotive Editor.