Jaguar has this morning revealed plans to convert classic E-Types into battery-powered, fully-electric vehicles capable of driving around any future ban on petrol engines in the UK, Europe or the rest of the world. Jaguar describes the new prototype, called “E-Type Zero’ as an example of how to “future proof” classic car ownership, but it also demonstrates the company’s eagerness to keep the E-Type – maybe the world’s most famous non-Italian car – front of mind in a future that looks likely to be dominated by increasingly generic battery cars.
The Zero is more than just an E-Type body running on a toy car electric chassis, however. Rare for an electric car is the Zero’s front engined/rear drive layout, with power taken to the car’s original differential via a propshaft. Jaguar Classic says this ensures the electric-E drives just like its petrol-powered parent, among the fastest [...]
The Frankfurt Motor Show starts next week, just a few days after we get back from the Goodwood Revival. Frankfurt is Germany’s most important automotive event and is a critical time for the home teams – BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Porsche and Audi.
New models and outrageous concept cars are what most people crowd into a European motor show for, but this year’s event will no doubt be relatively subdued – Germany’s biggest carmakers, the lifeblood of the country’s economy, are under scrutiny for their role in the ongoing Dieselgate emissions scandal. What’s more, the world is turning its back on their favourite fuel.
The event for passenger cars takes place in Messe Frankfurt, an exhibition centre with several centuries of history as a trade fair venue, on odd years. Even years see the event move [...]