There’s a lot to see at the Goodwood Festival of Speed but at the center of all these is an iteration of the Jaguar E-type, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The iteration is built from steel tubes, which were formed to get the shape of the Jaguar E-type, a highly admired sports car. It’s a truly stunning sight as it rises 28 meters up and draws everyone’s attention while the Goodwood House is seen behind it.
It took 10 days to put up the installation, which weighs about 150 tons (equivalent to the weight of 122 Series 1 E-types). A company that specializes in bridge building was tasked to put it up.
The sculpture has the same curved fuselage as the actual car. The sculpture used up half a kilometer of painted steel tubes that had a diameter of 1,200mm. These tubes were initially meant to be used in gas pipelines and so they have very high tolerances. These were built from 12mm thick steel.
Tata Steel, a subsidiary of Jaguar’s parent company, had donated most of the metal. The E-type is no stranger to art. In fact, it is featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The sculpture though was created by famous sculptor Gerry Judah. The design process started last January. For the next four months, Judah worked on its detailed engineering calculations and planning stages.
In the past, Goodwood had unveiled various installations and used actual cars in the design. However, Judah says that this year stands out because the E-type is famous for its shape but it’s too small and fragile to be lifted up.
Judah explained that he wanted to express the car’s form without any embellishments. He was quoted to have said that the E-type is easily recognizable as nothing can compete with it and so one “can’t digress from it.”