Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has unveiled their "new" Lightweight E-Type prototype, ahead of its debut at Pebble Beach.
Essentially a car that was 51 years in the making, the Lightweight E-Type hearkens back to 1963 when Jaguar announced plans to build 18 models. Only twelve were built so Jaguar is following through and completing the remaining six units.
As you can imagine, this was no easy task as Jaguar had to strike a balance between keeping the cars historically accurate while acknowledging five decades have passed since the last original model was produced.
Despite the difficulties, the skilled craftsmen and women at JLR Special Operations have built a stunning "Car Zero" prototype which is undeniably alluring. The beauty is more than skin deep as the model is handcrafted and features an aluminum monocoque, aluminum body closures (bonnet/doors/trunk) and a removable aluminum roof. There's also Connolly leather seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, an aluminum gear knob and machined switchgear.
Power is provided by an aluminum 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine - with triple Weber carburetors - that produces 340 bhp (253 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380Nm) of torque. It is connected to a four-speed close-ratio manual transmission which will enable the model to have "rapid acceleration."
The six cars will be "sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes."
Check out the press release for additional information