Calling it the most comprehensively upgraded E-Type ever built by the company, it takes 8,000 hours to build one
East Sussex UK based Jaguar specialist Eagle has launched the highly upgraded E-Type Lightweight. Eagle Lightweight GT development focusses on the analysis of every component and reengineer it with no compromise improvements. The profile is recreated with subtle enhancements to aerodynamics. This includes a deeper rear ramp angle, deeper sills (which also increase chassis stiffness and allow the driver to sit lower, improving headroom and lowering the centre of gravity), and increased screen rake front and rear with bespoke glass. The 4.7l straight-six engine develops 380 BHP of maximum power and a hefty 508 Nm of peak torque.
Wheel arch size has also been enlarged to accommodate 16-inch peg-drive magnesium alloy wheels, modelled on the original Dunlop racing wheels but wider, with a little more offset and one inch taller to allow more modern tyres. Through extensive use of specialist lightweight materials including magnesium, Inconel and titanium, the Eagle Lightweight GT weighs just 1017 kg. And this is not in stripped-out uncomfortable race configuration, but in its luxury spec with full air conditioning road use. Henry Pearman, Founder, Eagle mentions “Three years ago, a customer asked us to create Eagle’s vision of Jaguar’s ultimate E-Type, the Lightweight. The result of that project is the Eagle Lightweight GT, rigorously developed and proven and now ready for further builds”. Eagle’s lightweight suspension, carefully specified geometry, spring rates, bushings and bespoke Ohlins adjustable dampers, ensures long-distance travel can be completed in comfort.