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

| 14 Aug 2014

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