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The Electric XKE

Discussion in 'Auto, Tractor, Motorcycles, Racing, and Mechanics' started by Bottom Feeder, Sep 7, 2017.



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  1. Bottom Feeder

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    Jaguar has restored an old E-type with an electric upgrade

    The starting point was a Series 1.5 E-type convertible, built in Coventry some time between 1967 and 1968. More recently it returned to the city and to Jaguar, which has a nice sideline these days restoring its old cars and even building continuations of things like the XKSS. Here's where things get really interesting. Rather than just give it a nuts and bolts restoration before selling it to a deep pocketed Jaguar lover, someone decided to take out the old XK straight six engine along with the rest of the drivetrain and replace it with an electric motor and batteries.

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    Instead of an engine block up front, there's a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The 220kW (295hp) motor comes next, where you'd expect to see a gearbox. From there, a prop shaft sends power to the rear wheels via a differential. But here's the really cool bit: the new powertrain has roughly the same weight and dimensions as the old one, and the weight distribution and center of gravity are where they were supposed to be. That obviates any real worries about having to reengineer the car, since it will still handle and perform like it did in period, this time without the help of any leaded gasoline. (In fact, the car is actually about 100lbs/46kg lighter now.)

    Thanks to the E-type's aerodynamic efficiency, the 40kWh battery is good for about 170 miles of range. And because it's practically a drop-in replacement for the old XK engine, JLR Classic should be able to take the technology and stick it in any of the XK-engined cars built. Hanning said that the idea with the E-type Zero was "to future-proof classic car ownership," adding that the company is exploring whether there's a market for EV conversions that would cost about $400,000.

    https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/09/jaguars-restored-this-old-e-type-with-an-electric-upgrade/

    $400,000.00!!!
    Unh, I don't think so...

    BF
     
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    Well that's pretty stupid ... how's is supposed to leak oil now?
     
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    Comes with an oil can. You can create your own leak in the garage...
     
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