The Jaguar E Type Lightweights – Images and Facts about Jaguars Final Six Racers

jaguar-e-type-lightweight-35As more details are emerging about the final six Jaguar E Type Lightweight, we thought it was a good time to take a look at all the aspects of this remarkable series production. We’ve reproduced here the entire series of images released by Jaguar to show the quality of workmanship. With car Zero, the prototype, now returned from Pebble Beach, the objective will be to shake down the final settings for chassis, engine, suspension and commence production of the series of six cars.

Ten Interesting Facts About the new Jaguar E Type Lightweight

  • They’re genuine ‘continuation’ cars, eligible for FIA historic motorsportThey’re all built to the authentic, original specification, with no modern production techniques for bonding aluminium or other methods, keeping them eligible for FIA Historic racing
  • While no modern bonding methods were used in the build, Jaguar’s computer technology was used to scan and digitally capture every dimension of the car to ensure total accuracy in the final build.
  • The cars are sold as competition vehicles first and foremost, supplied with FIA papers. It may be possible to register them for the road, but the object was to build racing cars
    They will use the final six chassis numbers allocated to the original Lightweight production schedule, but never built.
  • Engines are aluminium block straight six, built by Crosthwaite and Gardner, the people responsible for the Auto Union engines commissioned by Audi a few years ago
  • The six owners will receive a car hand built at Browns Lane by Jaguar technicians in the new Jaguar Heritage Centre
  • Pricing is undisclosed. We’re betting on a figure of around £1.5m to £2.0m, given the unique provenance and the way the project has been delivered.
  • Car Zero is the prototype of the series, probably destined to live with Jaguar Heritage for many years to come
  • The owners of the six cars have now been chosen, with Jaguar selecting owners who will get the cars out and use them, preferably on the race track at Historic motorsport events and series across the world

These cars mark the start of a new era of Jaguar Heritage, with the new centre available to undertake work restoring and maintaining classic Jaguars. Perhaps as little as ten years ago, it would have been inconceivable for Jaguar to have considered producing such a dramatic car. It’s probably fair to say that while the wish and the will was there, neither the funding now perhaps the self confidence of the marque would have made it possible.

Now, with a well funded parent company and a renewed passion for it’s motorsport history, coupled with some truly remarkable road cars, the confidence of Jaguar seems to know no bounds. See the complete photo gallery below for more images of the beautiful racers.
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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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