Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding car was literally something old, something borrowed and something blue.
The royal couple drove away in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, a classic 1968 E-Type roadster that has been converted to run on cutting-edge electric power.
The car is owned by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Classic Works (which is why it was borrowed) and… well, you can see it’s blue.
The one-of-a-kind E-Type was first seen in September last year at the JLR Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.
The Zero is intended to be both an illustration of what Classic Works is capable of, and a tangible link between the classic Jaguar brand and its new-generation EVs – like the i-Pace, which was displayed alongside the Zero at Tech Fest.
Jaguar claims the Zero drives like an E-Type (you’d have to ask Harry about that) but offers “future proofed” classic car ownership.
Zero to 100kmh takes 5.5sec, about one second quicker than a conventional Series 1 E-Type.
It could have been much faster of course, but JLR says the performance was deliberately limited to preserve the classic-motoring experience.
The base for the Zero is a restored “Series 1.5” Roadster. It’s totally original in specification, apart from its state-of-the-art powertrain and modified instrumentation and facia – although these are also inspired by the original E-type. LED headlights are also used to achieve energy efficiency. Again, they adopt the styling themes of the original Series 1 E-type.
An electric powertrain developing 220kW was specially designed for the Zero. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type.
The electric powertrain is also placed in precisely the same location as the XK engine.