Jaguar's brand new Lightweight E-type revealed in all its glory


The sensational prototype of the 'continuation' Lightweight E-types that are to be built by Jaguar has broken cover.

The car, masterminded by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, was hand-built by highly skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new facility at Browns Lane. Only six customer Lightweight E-types will be built - each assigned one of the remaining chassis numbers originally allocated in 1963 to the intended 18-car 'Special GT E-type' project.

The specification includes an aluminium body with doors, boot, hardtop and bonnet also in aluminium. Thesix-cylinder XK engine mirrors the original power units, with an aluminium block, 'wide angle' aluminium cylinder head and dry-sump lubrication.

The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motor sport purposes.

The prototype Lightweight is to be publicly revealed in California today.

Jaguar design director 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. 

"Meticulous attention to detail has been everything to us in recreating this car, just as it is in our contemporary Jaguars. 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."

Click here for our previous story on the project.


Engine System

Engine:                         Aluminium six-cylinder block, wide-angle cylinder head, dry sump       lubrication, lightweight low-inertia flywheel

Displacement:               236 cu in (3868cc)

Bore/Stroke:                 3.46in/4.17in (88.0mm/106.0mm)

Valvetrain:                     two valves per cylinder, DOHC

Compression ratio:       10:1

Carburettors:                 Triple 45DCO3 Weber

Injection (optional):       Lucas mechanical, 6.25in (158.7mm) butterfly trumpets

Crankshaft:                   Steel with steel H-section con rods

Power:                          340hp/253.5kW @ 6500rpm

Torque:                          280lbs ft/380Nm @ 4500rpm

Fuel tank:                      Mesh-filled 14-gallon (64-litre) capacity

Fuel pump:                    Standard E-type 

Transmission and Driveline

Transmission:                Jaguar 4-speed all-synchro close-ratio gearbox

Final drive casing:         Cast iron, Powr-Lok limited slip differential, axle ratio 3.31:1

Gearbox oil:                  Castrol

Clutch:                          Single dry plate


Suspension and Steering

Front:                            Double wishbone, LWE torsion bars, uprated anti-roll bar

Rear:                             Jaguar independent rear suspension lower wishbones/driveshaft links, radius arms, anti-roll bar (C/O Standard E-type rear springs with uprated damper assemblies)

Steering:                       Standard E-type rack-and-pinion, adjustable steering column 


Brake discs (front):       12in Dia (305mm)

Brake discs (rear):        11.25in Dia (286mm)

Handbrake:                   Production E-type

Wheels and Tyres

Magnesium disc
wheels:                          Front: 15in x 7.0J, Rear 15in x 8.0J

Tyres:                            Dunlop (Front - 6.00L15 CR65, Rear - 6.50L15 CR65)


Battery:                         12v - 62 amp / hour

System:                        12v negative-earth

Lighting:                        Tungsten headlamps and standard rear tail-lamps

Ignition:                         Electronic

Instruments:                  Smiths Industries

Generator:                    Production E-type

Starter:                          Production E-type

Control Box:                  Production E-type

Wiper motor
and blades:                   Production E-type

Exhaust and Cooling

Exhaust:                        Fabricated steel manifold, steel exhaust system with centre silencer box and twin polished tail pipes

Cooling:                         Aluminium E-type radiator, aluminium expansion header tank, engine oil cooler, oil sump tank 


Length:                          175.3in (4,453mm)

Width:                            66.9in (1,700mm)

Height:                          46.5in (1,181mm)

Weight:                          2204.6lbs (1,000kg)

Wheelbase:                   96.1in (2,440mm)

Front Track:                  50.0in (1,270mm)

Rear Track:                   55.0in (1,397mm) 


Body in white & closures

Aluminium monocoque with stiffened front sub-frame for race engines above 300bhp

Riveted and welded aluminium construction

Aluminium body closures (bonnet/doors/trunk-lid)

Aluminium detachable hard top roof

21 louvre bonnet air intakes

Black powder-coated roll cage

Front brake cooling ducts integrated with bonnet structure 

Exterior trim

Side bonnet-release handles

'Long range' aluminium quick release fuel cap

Body colour cabin ventilation air intakes

Protective car cover (non-waterproof)

Centre bonnet catch

Oval door mirror upgrade

Interior Trim

Aluminium bucket seats with increased backrest angle and padded cushions

Rear-view mirror

Leather selection from Connolly palette

Wood-rimmed steering wheel

Aluminium gear knob and standard hand brake

Machined metal toggle and push button starter

Five-point seat belt

Black instrument panel with glove box

Bonnet and boot stands

Glass house

Clear laminated front screen

Perspex side windows and rear screen

Manual slide side windows 

*Figures are manufacturer's estimates, subject to change according to customer specification   



Nice try, guys, but the original series 1 remains the icon it has always been. As technically superior as your new machine will doubtless be, I still prefer the original, warts and all. It's still The Real Deal.

Jared Hoke

Marine on St Croix MN USA


Why stop at only six cars?

If  you are managing to create new cars, surely it would be a doddle to create some new chassis numbers.

Just call them 'continuation chassis numbers'

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