The E-type Jag … it’s one of great British sports cars of all time and it still turns heads today. And if you’re looking to invest in an old car then you could do worse than shell out the many thousands of dollars that they now fetch at auction.
But what about an electric E-type Jag? Hmmm is there such a beast and will it turn heads as it rolls down the street?
Well answer to those questions are yes … and probably not.
Yes, Jaguar is producing an electric E-type Jag. It will look the same. It will even have the same dimensions as the E-type that because the factory has taken a restored Series 1.5 Roadster and built a state-of-the-art powertrain into it but …
Where is the throaty roar from an engine that promised … and delivered … everything that we expected? Of course, it’s not there. It’s been replaced by an almost silent power train and, as we are learning from Formula 1, the magic is in the raw sound that that makes no apology for being loud and angry and challenging us to dare drive the bloody thing like we stole it.
Sadly I doubt that the electric E-type Jag will ever turn a single head because no one will hear it go by.
Why would anyone do this?
So why has Jaguar decided to build one? Why would they take the car that Enzo Ferrari described as “the most beautiful car ever made” and tear it apart? Probably for no other real reason than because they could.
Why else would you take an almost perfect sports car and turn it into something less than the original?
And it will be less … it will definitely be less powerful because “… we have limited the vehicle’s power output. We believe this provides the optimum driving experience.”
To be fair, the electric E-type Jag will have better acceleration than the original. It will reach 100kph from a standing start in 5.5 seconds and that’s 1 second faster than the original E-type … but then it should. Electric cars have better acceleration than conventional vehicles.
The electric powertrain develops 220kW of power and at the heart of it is a rather hefty 40kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs about the same as the original XK six-cylinder engine that it replaces. A new propshaft transfers the power to the diff and final drive.
The range is not great. You will get about 270km out of a fully charged battery and charging time is around 6 to 7 hours. I wonder if that’s 270km of driving an E-type like it should be driven?
The power train and battery have been designed to fit into the space originally taken up by the conventional engine and gearbox. The suspension and brakes are unchanged and the drive, ride and handling is about the same as an original e-type.
And all they have ended up with is something that is a mere shadow of its former self. It might look like the real thing but the electric E-type Jag is definitely not a head turner.
Yes, you did read that correctly … we are talking about selling Volvo the company and not just a Volvo.
For some time now Ford has owned Volvo as part of the Premier Automotive Group that also included Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover but all it has left now is Volvo and Ford needs the cash.
So who might buy Volvo? Renault and Ford have been talking for a while but can’t agree on a price and now Ford is also talking to Dongfeng … China’s third largest car manufacturer.
Jaguar made by Tata and now Volvo made in China … what is the world coming to?
Well it was no secret that Ford wanted to sell Jaguar but now it’s official. Not only does Ford intend to sell Jaguar but it hopes to sell it very quickly.
The managing director of Jaguar told journalists at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this week that the sale of Jaguar was definitely on and the President of Ford Europe has indicated that the company hopes to offload Jaguar within two months.
While Ford is not revealing who might be interested in it industry pundits suggest that potential buyers could range from private equity groups right through to two Indian car manufacturers. Back in August Aussie Motoring looked at those two manufacturers in some detail and you can find the article here
Well at the moment they’re all owned by Ford … but Ford would like to sell them … if they can find a buyer.
On paper Volvo is probably the marque that’s got the most appeal to prospective purchasers but the reality is that Volvo isn’t doing quite so well as it appears to be on paper.
And who would want to buy Land Rover and Jaguar? There are the usual bunch of private equity groups trying to grab both companies but there are also two possible contenders that come as a bit of a surprise. Industry experts suggest that two Indian car manufacturer are very interested in buying both Land Rover and Jaguar.
The two companies are Tata motors and the Mahindra group. Both are major players in the booming Indian market and both have tried to break into the Australian market … without much success..
Mahindra is a major manufacturer of low-cost motor vehicles including a 2WD and 4WD utility similar to a Toyota Hilux. The ute was to be exhibited at the Orange National Field Days last year and Tynan Motors had been appointed as the importer and distributor.
The plan was for the first shipment of Mahindra utes to hit the showrooms around the middle of this year but that doesn’t seem to have happened and Mahindra is not listed on the Tynan Motors website.
Tata Motors is also a major player in the Indian automotive scene. They produce a wide range of vehicles for the private and commercial sectors. Tata Motors first tested the Australian market four years ago and could be back in the Australian market later this year but experts are not hopeful of Tata having any more success than they did four years ago.
You can read more about Tata, Mahindra and the Australian market here
But will either company be able to make turn around the fortunes of Land Rover and Jaguar? Overseas experts describe both Ford subsidiaries as ‘basket cases’ so it will be interesting to see what lies ahead.