After 5 decades, Jaguar finally unveiled the first of the proposed 6 Jaguar lightweight GT-E-type racing cars, which will go on sale internationally, following their debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours event in California. Started way back in 1963 Jaguar had planned to develop 18 lightweight GT-E-type cars, but by the end of 1964 only 12 of them were completed and delivered. Jaguar realized they had the designated 6 chassis numbers from 1963, so in lieu of paying tribute to the pioneered craftsmen of the British car company, Jaguar proposed to finish the Lightweight GT-E-type 18-car project.
Keeping up with the original specifications Lightweight E-type, Jaguar will use its finest craftsmen to hand craft the lightweight aluminium body- which weighed 114 kgs lighter than the standard E-type of 1963. The car will be powered by an aluminium-block 3.8 liter, straight six engine, which will churn out 335 BHP of power and 380 Nm of torque, which is coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The engine is based on the same unit that powered the D-type to Le Mans victory 1957.
The Jaguar GT-E-type model will be FIA compliant for historic Motorsport track racing events. The Lightweight E-type will feature a twin-wishbone suspension in the front, an independent wide-based wishbone suspension at the rear end, 15-inch wheels, an aluminium hard top, aluminium bucket seats, wood-trimmed steering wheel, functional-looking cabin and a push-button starter.
The Jaguar Lightweight GT-E-type car, because of its exclusiveness, will attract classic car collectors as well as vintage race car fanatics to get their hands on the last six of the GT-E-type models. To add to this whole vintage classic aura, Jaguar has collaborated with British luxury watchmaker Bermont, to create a set of six bespoke watches, inspired by and using the same materials as the Jaguar Lightweight GT-E-type model.
The upcoming Jaguar Lightweight GT-E-type car will be a masterpiece in the form of a machine, through which Jaguar shall carry on the legacy of the Lightweight GT-E-type racing car of 1963.