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The New Jaguar I-Pace's Chassis Sure Looks Familiar

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The top chassis there was originally designed in 1938. The lower one is brand new, a 2018. There’s 80 years of difference between the two, but there’s an undeniable convergent evolution thing going on as well, right?


The top chassis is, of course, a Volkswagen Beetle (Type I) pan, and the lower one is the new ‘skateboard’ chassis from the electric Jaguar I-Pace.

Beetles have a very simple construction where all of the mechanical parts of the car that make it drive are mounted to a flat ‘pan’ and then the body is bolted to that pan as well.


The Jag has a vaguely similar concept, with all of the batteries and motors in that flat skateboard under the rest of the car.

Technologically, sure, they’re miles apart, but in overall general form? They’re brothers.

I just felt you should be aware of this.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!:

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I’ve got one of these

I like that there’s lots of scale bodies you can put on there, and the shaft driven awd is good.

Losi makes a pretty good chassis as well

Oh. I’m sorry, were we talking about something different?