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New Lightweight E-type unveiled

New Lightweight E-type unveiledJaguar Land Rover Special Operations has unveiled the prototype of its six ‘new’ Lightweight E-types, which was hand-built by highly skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new facility at Browns Lane.  

The six Lightweight E-types built will each be assigned one of the remaining chassis numbers originally allocated in 1963 to the intended 18-car ‘Special GT E-type’ project, of which just 12 were built. The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.

The expertise and attention brought to bear on this recreation project is world class, with the full resources of Jaguar being applied to ensure that the six new Lightweights will not only be authentic, but will also be built to the highest quality standards. The core component of the Lightweight E-type is its aluminium bodyshell. Despite the 50-year gap, it gives the six new Lightweights an immediate affinity with the current Jaguar range. So when tasked with the job of recreating the Lightweight E-type’s aluminium body, today’s Jaguar engineers could relate at once to what their predecessors had achieved 50 years before. However, despite the enormous advances in technology since the early Sixties, the decision was taken not to incorporate modern materials or fixing methods. While high-strength aluminium alloys and bonded structures would have been invisible, they would not have been true to the original design; nor would they have conformed to the FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing.

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