In 1963, Jaguar built a series of lightweight aluminum-bodied E-Types specially designed for competition. Known as the Lightweight E-Type, only 12 were originally built, and six more continuation examples were added to the account in 2014.
The expert restorer E-Type Eagle has tried his own version of the Lightweight E-Type, this time designed as a road car instead of a race car. It’s kind of like Jaguar transformed some of its D-type race cars into the road XKSS in the 1950s.
Starting with an original Series 1 E-Type, the Eagle team has almost every part of the car in their hands, adjusting, readjusting, or reworking it to improve performance and reduce weight. The resulting car is known as the Eagle Lightweight GT, and it is an impressive piece of machinery.
It also has the performance to back up the look. It have weighs just 2,242 pounds,tuned here to deliver 380 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque by increasing displacement to 4.7 liters. and under the hood sits the original inline-6, The iron block of the engine has also been exchanged for a lighter aluminum unit. Along with the lightweight body, the engine will see the Lightweight GT run at 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds and peak at 170 mph.
Approximately 8,000 hours go into construction, with more than a quarter of this required for the body alone. Each panel of the E-Type donor is replaced with lightweight aluminum parts, many of them hand-formed. The subtle design elements of the Lightweight E-Type are faithfully recreated, including improvements in aerodynamics, such as the deepest rear ramp angle, the deepest thresholds (which also increase stiffness), and increased windshield rake.
The interior is also beautifully restored, with subtle changes to enhance comfort. For example, the floor design, pedal mounts, and rear bulkhead adjust to increase legroom, while the seats are redesigned to improve ergonomics and impact safety. Even the controls for seat adjustment are adjusted to make them easier to use.
Eagle’s new Lightweight GT is currently available to order and sits alongside the company’s existing E-Type variants consisting of the Speedster, Low Drag GT, and Spyder GT.