Jaguar Relives Its Past With a Perfect Recreation of the Racing E-Type
50 years after it started a series of racing-oriented E-Types, Jaguar is finally finishing the project.
The team borrowed a few of the original Lightweights and laser scanned them to have an exact computer rendering of what they were building.
But everything else was done the old fashioned way, mostly by hand.
The trickiest part was finding people with the skills to beat sheet metal into the proper—and exquisite—shape.
Jaguar didn’t have to worry about modern fuel and safety regulations, but it strengthened the underbody to make the car safer in a crash.
For things like door handles and steering wheels, Jaguar either found a very good supplier or made it itself.
Each of the original dozen Lightweights was customized, so Jaguar picked the best elements of each.
That includes bigger wheels and a wider rear, the better for racing.
And air inlets on the hood to help cool down a sweaty cabin.
The first car the team made is a prototype (pictured above), doesn’t use one of the original chassis numbers, and will not be sold. Work on the six that count starts this week.