Jaguar Classic confirmed it will be making the E-Type Zero concept a reality, enabling its consumers to get their hands on an all-electric car come 2020. The car gained “an overwhelmingly positive reaction” to the E-type Zero concept that was originally used during the Royal Wedding earlier this year. Now, the car manufacturer will begin restoring and converting examples of its legendary two-seater to run on electric power, while deliveries are expected to start in summer of 2020.
The Jaguar E-Type Zero is said to be one of the most iconic models of all times and according to Enzo Ferrari, it is “the most beautiful car in the world.” However, the inside is just as amazing. The electric motors holds a capacity of 295 hp and a 40kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The car can reach 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and has a cruising range of nearly 275 km. Although the battery will replace the E-Type’s conventional six-speed manual gearbox, neither the suspension nor the brakes are expected to be changed, probably due to Jaguar’s enthusiasm on keeping the roadster’s original front-rear weight distribution.
The Jaguar E-Type was best known in motor sports for its huge success in SCCA Production sports races with Group44 and Bob Tullius, taking the B-Production championship in 1975. According to Bean Cars, Jaguar defeated the Nissan Z-car team with Paul Newman, winning the national C-Production SCCA championship in 1980.