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autoviva2014-08-12 12:44:40

Jaguar unveils prototype of the new E-Type Lightweight

Official unveilment will take place at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance

Six units of the E-Type Lightweight will be built and sold

Special Vehicle Operations will be in full strength at this year's Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance. After Land RoverLand RoverLand RoverUnited Kingdom, 1978 > present15 models
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announced yesterday the presentation of the Range Rover Sport SVRRange Rover Sport SVRLand Rover Range Rover Sp...United Kingdom, 2014 > present3 photos
, JaguarJaguarJaguarUnited Kingdom, 1922 > present53 models
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today announced it will be unveiling the prototype of the new E-Type LightweightE-Type LightweightJaguar E-Type LightweightUnited Kingdom, 2014 > present4 photos
, which will have six additional units produced and marketed.

"The E-TypeE-TypeJaguar E-TypeUnited Kingdom, 1961 > 19753 series
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is an iconic vehicle, and the E-Type LightweightE-Type Gen.1Jaguar E-Type Gen.1United Kingdom, 1961 > 196715 versions
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is the most attractive of all. To complete the initial production of 18 units fifty years after the last production "Lightweight" was an unmissable opportunity," said John Edwards, Managing Director of Special Operations at Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar had already announced in May the construction of six new replicas of the original Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. Each of these vehicles will be built respecting the exact specifications of the last E-Type Lightweight produced in 1964 and will be produced by hand in the same place where the Jaguar E-Type was first constructed: the Browns Lane factory in Coventry, England. The new E-Type Lightweight vehicles will be sold as historical competition, all of them with possibility of being homologated by FIA ​​for competition.

The new vehicles are the remaining six units of the Special GT E-Type project. Started in February 1963, the project aimed to build 18 units but only 12 were eventually built The six numbers remaining chassis remained dormant until now, since the six new vehicles with aluminum body will incorporate the numbers original historical frame of E-Type from the 60s. The project will require a level of experience and exceptional attention to detail, so Jaguar is using all its resources to ensure that the six new Lightweight are not only authentic, but also, in addition, built with extreme attention to more high standards of quality.

Each of the six selected customers is secured to receive a truly exceptional vehicle. Each of the new E-Type Lightweight will be hand made at Browns Lane and will be a vehicle as attractive as one of the originals. The central component of the E-Type Lightweight is its aluminum body. This material is switched from steel production E-Type to reduce its weight, achieving a reduction of approximately 114 kg compared to the production model.

Despite the 50 year age difference, the aluminum construction of the six new E-Type provides them an immediate affinity with the F-TYPEF-Type (modern) Gen.1Jaguar F-Type (modern) Gen.1United Kingdom, 2012 > present34 versions
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and XJXJJaguar XJUnited Kingdom, 1968 > present4 series
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in Jaguar's current model range, which are built with aluminum bodies.

The E-Type Lightweight was equipped with an advanced version of the six-cylinder in-line engine of the Jaguar XK, which, thanks to two trees overhead cam with chain drive and its aluminum head with hemispherical combustion chambers continued to be considered advanced in 1963, despite having been used in the 1948 XK 120XK 120Jaguar XK 120United Kingdom, 1948 > 19546 versions
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This engine was responsible for the 5 victories of the C-TypeC-TypeJaguar C-TypeUnited Kingdom, 1951 > present1 photo
and the D-TypeD-TypeJaguar D-TypeUnited Kingdom, 1954 > 19543 versions
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at Le Mans during the fifties and the unit developed for the E-Type Lightweight is based on the 3868cc engine with which the D-Type won at Le Mans in 1957. Either with carburators or fuel injection power is substantially higher than 300hp and with a torque of about 380Nm at 4,500 rpm, the engine provides the Lightweight high elasticity, a traditional characteristic of the racing engines from Jaguar.

Power is transferred through a lightweight steering wheel with reduced inertia, a single disc clutch and a manual gearbox with four short synchronized gears, just like the E-Type Lightweight at the time.

The Advanced Design Studio of Jaguar participated in the project from the start and had a mission to achieve the appropriate level of coating for the new vehicle, in addition to selecting the materials used and the type and color of finish.

"With the E-Type Lightweight, our goal as design team was to do justice to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer. While building a replica of this vehicle, it was essential to pay meticulous attention to detail, the same as in the production of our contemporary Jaguar. I think the result is a new E-Type Lightweight as impressive now as it was when the originals were new," said Ian Callum, Jaguar's Design Director.

E-Type Gen.1E-Type Gen.1
E-Type LightweightE-Type Lightweight
Straight 6
236 cu in
Top Speed
4, Manual
Maximum power
340 hp @ 6500 rpm
Convertible (cabrio)
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost




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