Lightweights – and new Jaguar Heritage – Launched
August 14 at Pebble Beach saw the launchof the new factory-built E-type Lightweight Continuation prototype, alongside the US-market production F-TYPE Project 7 and other top new Jaguar and Land Rover models. The Lightweight and Project 7 were then unveiled on September 12-14 at Goodwood Revival. Just six will be built, in addition to the prototype that has now been unveiled, and will be assembled by skilled craftsmen at JLR Special Operations’ new Jaguar Heritage Workshop at Browns Lane (also open for classic Jaguar servicing: tel 020 3601 1255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that this is a new use of the Jaguar
Heritage moniker, also currently in use by the JDHT: confusing. Jaguar Classic Parts has been renamed Jaguar Heritage Parts (www. jaguarheritageparts.com) and the collection
of vehicles bought from James Hull plus a couple of cars from the late John Coombs’ estate have become the Jaguar Heritage Collection.
The new Lightweights will be sold as period competition vehicles, capable of FIA Homologation for Historic racing (though it seems unlikely that they will be road-legal). They are being built to the final 1964 Lightweight specification, with bodies created following digital mapping of an original car. One side of the original was scanned, then flipped to produce the
other side, making the new cars rather more Lightweights – and new Jaguar Heritage – Launched symmetrical than the originals… Some 75% of the panels are made in-house at Whitley and the cars come with an aluminium hardtop, as original. Over 300bhp and 280lb ft torque is promised from the aluminium wide-angle head, dry-sump 3868cc engine,
fitted with either Weber carburettors or Lucas mechanical fuel injection. A Jaguar close-ratio four-speed gearbox is used, as original. Though trim is minimal, Connolly
leather is used.
The prototype was developed by the same department that builds all JLR’s new car prototypes: “Special Operations’ remit is to indulge our most discerning and enthusiastic customers’ passion for our cars – including those from our past. This is why our Jaguar Heritage division exists, and why the new Lightweight E-type is such an incredibly exciting project,” said Special Operations’ MD, John Edwards. To complement the six new Lightweight E-types being built by Jaguar Heritage, Jaguar has teamed up with British watchmaker Bremont to create a series of six unique wristwatches, each personalised to one of the new Lightweights.