Jaguar has just released an epic video showcasing the brand new 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type which despite being brand new, remains identical to the original 12 examples from the early 1960’s.
As the name suggests, the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type was created as a lightened version of the stunning E-Type sports car. As a matter of fact, the Lightweight E-Type weighed 114 kg less than the standard car thanks to the extensive use of aluminium. The ‘new’ examples weigh exactly the same as the originals.
To recreate the stunning design of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type for the remaining six examples, Jaguar scanned half the body surface of the only 1964 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type. That scanned image was then mirrored to ensure perfect symmetry. The same standard of aluminium available in the 1960’s was then used to form the car.
Beneath the ultra-sexy body, the 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type utilises an engine derived from the D-Type’s Le Mans winning powerplant. It is a 3.8-litre inline-six complete with triple carburettors along with dry-sump lubrication and identical to the original Lightweight E-Types. Fuel-injection is optional with power reaching 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Just like the original, this power is funnelled down a four-speed manual transmission complete with a lightened flywheel and single-plate clutch as well as a limited slip differential.