The E-type Zero is a restored Series 1.5 Roadster manufactured in 1966. It’s totally original in specification, apart from its 21st century powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type. LED headlights are also used to achieve energy efficiency. Again, they adopt the styling theme of the original Series 1 E-type.
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An electric powertrain developing 220kW has been specially designed for the E-type 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. This pack sits directly on the engine mounts precisely in the same location as the XK engine was.
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.
It’s total weight is 46kg lower than the original E-type and it’s quicker too: 0-62mph takes only 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a Series 1.
The 40kwh battery pack offers a real-world range of upto 170 miles.
Enjoy Jonny Smith’s enthusiasm for the pristine E-Type as he talks with Mike Goodbun of Jaguar Special Operations and walks us through the car’s key features.