Royal Electric E-Type show Megan and Harry definitely aren’t conventional…
At least when it comes to their choice of sports cars. Post nuptials, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made what seemed to be a suitably British choice of vehicle in which to travel to their evening reception at Frogmore House. Few knew it at the time but their ride was all electric.
As an aside—Lately I’ve been surrounded by enthusiastic fans of engine swaps, electrification and sheet metal modifications of once sacrosanct cars like this E-Type, for instance. Personally I love it, and I’m astonished by the ingenuity and creativity people are putting toward that ever-elusive something different. More on this to follow.
Jaguar launched the service to restore and convert existing E-Types to electric power last year as Concept Zero, This particular car number plate bore the date of Saturday’s wedding — E190518. F—-ing adorable.
Once described by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world,” this particular car has had the original 3.8-liter XK engine replaced by a 295-horsepower electric motor of approximately the same weight and dimension as the original 6 cylinder engine.
The Concept Zero was the brainchild of chief Tim Hannig, who said, “while it may not appeal to every Jaguar purist, he hoped it would attract well-heeled buyers who desire classic motoring ‘without the oil leaks’.” Well-heeled by the way, means $400,000 and up.
A top speed of 150mph is claimed for the electric car along with a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds and a range of 170 miles.
The vehicles are re-engineered in Coventry in the West Midlands by Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the heritage division of the British carmaker, now owned by India’s Tata Motors.
photos courtesy ARS TECHNICA and Road & Track