Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has just unveiled the prototype of their new lightweight E-type, which will be hand built by their highly skilled craftsmen in a facility at Browns Lane. Only 6 E-types will be made and each will use the remaining chassis numbers that were originally allocated in the sixties to the Special GT-types. The new E-types will be made using the same blueprint used for the GT-types, however the price will vary and may cost a million British Pounds.
The new E-types will be built using the company’s world-leading aluminium body technology with the bodyshell, doors, trunklid, hardtop and bonnet all in aluminium. It will be fitted with a 6-cylinder XK engine having an aluminium block with wide angle aluminium cylinder heads and dry sump lubrication. The E-type will have a period 4-speed syncromesh manual gearbox and rear wheel drive promising over 300 bhp and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4500rpm.
With only 6 cars to be produced, the demand is definitely soaring, but Jaguar has stated that higher priority will be given to historic car enthusiasts and established Jaguar collectors. The million Pound sterling price tag though very steep is expected to highly inflate the exclusivity of the six E-types in production.