In 1961 the Jaguar E-type first turned heads with its electrifying looks and sensational performance. Even Enzo Ferrari proclaimed it ‘The most beautiful car in the world’. Now more than six decades later it’s turning heads again. Concept Zero combines E-type’s breathtaking design with electric power for the first time
Engineered by Jaguar Classic at Classic Works in Warwickshire, E-type Concept Zero shows how we can future-proof the world’s most famous cars for generations to enjoy. The cutting-edge electric powertrain gives a second life to existing vehicles which may be otherwise beyond repair.
Concept Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type. Electrifying looks. Zero emissions. Electrifying performance. Concept Zero will sprint 0-60mph in just 5.5 seconds!
Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic “Concept Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.” “Our aim with Concept Zero is to give Classic Jaguars a sustainable future in changing environmental and economic conditions.”
An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type Concept Zero. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. It sits in precisely the same location as the XK engine. The electric motor (and reduction gear) lies just behind the battery pack, in the same location as the E-type’s gearbox. A new propshaft sends power to a carry-over differential and final drive. Total weight is 80kg lower than the original E-type’s.
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 homologation. It drives, handles, rides and brakes like an original E-type. Front-rear weight distribution is unchanged.
“We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point. We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA.”said Tim Hannig.
The XK six-cylinder engine was made from 1949 until 1992, and was fitted to nearly all of Jaguar’s iconic models of that period, including the E-type, XK120, Mk2 and XJ6. The new electric powertrain could be used in any of these vehicles. “We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar”says Tim Hannig.