The Lightweight E-type has made its debut at Pebble Beach
This car is a prototype, but six more units will be sold to customers
This fist example has been dubbed Car Zero
In the heart of the Lightweight E-type rests a 3.8-litre straight six engine
Jaguar will put six of its 'missing' Lightweight E-types up for sale
The models are built to the same specification of the originals, production of which started in 1963
Just 12 examples of the original 18-strong production run were completed
A wooden steering wheel features inside along with aluminium bucket seats
Even the E-type's original dials are reproduced
The six models use chassis numbers assigned in 1963
The new models have been created by Jaguar Heritage, part of JLR's Special Operations division
The original Lightweight E-type project was dubbed 'Special GT E-type'
The Lightweight E-type sits on 15-inch wheels
The E-type's straight six engine develops 335bhp
The surfaces of the original Lightweight E-type were digitally scanned to allow Jaguar to make new parts
The new examples complete the ‘Special GT E-type’ project that was started in 1963. Just 12 of the planned 18-car original run were built. The remaining six chassis numbers are set to appear on the newly created examples.
Designed for racing, the Lightweight E-types will be built to the exact specification of the original cars, allowing them to be used in historic racing events.
Power comes from an aluminium-block 3.8-litre straight six engine, which turns out 335bhp and 280lb ft of torque. It drives through a four-speed manual gearbox and is based on the engine that powered the D-type to Le Mans victory in 1957.
Crucial to the E-type’s design is its lightweight aluminium bodyshell, which saves 114kg over the standard E-type. Jaguar engineers have decided to eschew modern construction methods, as used on the aluminium-bodied F-type and XJ, in favour of the original techniques.
Inner and outer surfaces of the car were digitally scanned, with most body panels then being reproduced at Jaguar’s Whitley engineering centre. With the bodywork complete, the cars will be mated to the engine’s subframe before being transferred to the company’s Browns Lane site to be completed.
The Lightweight E-type features twin-wishbone suspension at the front and an independent wide-based wishbone set-up at the rear, tuned to perform best under racing conditions. The E-type’s rack and pinion steering is fitted and the car sits on 15-inch wheels. An aluminium hard-top is also included.
Inside, aluminium bucket seats feature in a functional-looking cabin, which has a wood-trimmed steering wheel and push-button starter.
The project is being overseen by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division. The car shown at Pebble Beach, a prototype model, has been dubbed Car Zero.
Jaguar design boss Ian Callum said: “With the Lightweight E-type, our focus as a design team has been to ensure justice was done to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer.
“I believe the result is a new Lightweight E-type that is as stunning now as the originals would have been when they were new.”
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