Back in May, Jaguar announced that it will build the remaining aluminum-bodied Lightweight E-Types and we’ve heard that each of them will carry a price tag of 1 million pounds. Only six customers will get such a vehicle and each vehicle will be hand-crafted at Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England.
According to Jaguar, the vehicles will be sold as period competition vehicles and will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes. As we said, the Lightweight E-Type comes with a bodyshell made of aluminum, replacing the steel found on the production E-Type.
As a result, the vehicle is 114 kg (250 lb) lighter when compared with the standard vehicle. Thanks to the advanced scanning technology, all the inner and outer surfaces of the Lightweight bodyshell were digitally mapped and this means that the engineers will produce a Lightweight E-Type that is identical to the original vehicles.
Around 75 percent of the panels are made in-house at Whitley and according to Jaguar, just a few large pressings are supplied by external specialists using Jaguar-designed tools. The vehicle comes as standard with a roll-over cage, while as an option Jaguar offers mounting points for a detachable front extension.
Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter petrol engine (same used by the D-Type that won the Le Mans in 1975) delivering 340 hp (253 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to a 4-speed all-synchro close-ratio gearbox.
The car you see in the photos is the prototype Lightweight ‘Car Zero’ and has been completed in order to be revealed at the 2014 Pebble Beach Automotive weekend which is the most prestigious classic car event.