October 2, 2018
Jaguar engineers aren’t just the world’s greatest carmakers; they’re also incredible artists. There’s no better proof of that than their latest masterpiece, the E-type Zero: a recreation of a classic Jaguar model with modern power. Bringing rich history back to life, the results were so popular that Jaguar Classic will now offer conversions for collectors.
One of the most appealing vehicles you’ll see on the road today, the Jaguar E- type Zero (classic models pictured below) sold from 1961 to 1975; and its beauty, power and affordability helped establish the brand as one of the world’s leading carmakers. In fact, the model gained such popularity over the years, it has become a sought-after icon by car collectors from every corner of the globe. Also known as the XK-E, the E-type featured James Bond-level style and suave; and its track-inspired engineering produced a top speed of 150 mph and a sub-7- second 0 to 60 time. It inspired many industry-wide changes to automotive engineering, and it has been named on multiple top lists including “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” and the “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. You may have even seen this legend on the screen in Austin Powers and Mad Men.
Last year, Jaguar Classic rebuilt one of these mint condition E-types with modern all-electric technology. The goal was to produce “the most beautiful electric car in the world;” the result was the E-type Zero. The team debuted this creation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September of 2017. In theory, the concept was simple: take the all-electric guts from the new Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, and install it all in a classic Series 1 E-type body. A high-tech 40kWh battery replaces the classic E- type ’s six- cylinder petrol XK engine (literally with the same placement and weight) and a modified instrumentation and fascia offers the latest touchscreen infotainment amenities. Unique LED lights also replace the old bulbs, but they’re designed to compliment the classic look while providing modern illumination.
Own a classic E-type? Well, here’s the best news of all. Jaguar Classic will convert your E-type to all electric, too. Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig, explained the decision:
“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.”
The Classic team will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible, and the instrumentation and infotainment feature is optional.
If you want to get the state-of-the-art all electric or hybrid power in a modern Jaguar body, we have several new models to show you. Contact our sales staff or visit us in person at Velocity Honolulu, and we’ll introduce you to these modern marvels of automotive efficiency.
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