In line with Jaguar’s 50th anniversary of their iconic car - the E-Type -, the boys over at Vizualtech have designed the perfect car to honor the E-Type. It’s called the Growler E 2011 and while there’s plenty of room for improvement with the name, overall, the Growler E looks like it can stand out from the rest of the four-wheeled lemmings out there.
The car is powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 engine that currently lies under the hood of some Jaguar models with the only exception being some tuning upgrades that could spike its output from 510 horsepower all the way up 600 horsepower.
Head-scratching name notwithstanding, Vizualtech did a splendid job designing the Growler E 2011. It was able to retain much of the old E-Type’s shapes and curves while also adding a modern touch to it. It’s just too bad that we won’t be seeing this car other than in these pages.
Even if this car is nothing more than just a pipe dream from the imaginations of the people at Vizualtech, it sure wouldn’t hurt to see it prowling out on the streets in the near future. The chances of that happening, though, are remote, so we might as well save ourselves from the disappointment of hoping and dreaming.
UPDATE 03/04/2011: In an interview with TopGear, Robert Palm of Swedish design studio, Vizualtech, announced the Growler will go into limited production: "The first car will be ready in the summer of 2012 - if planning goes as expected." Every unit will be hand built and will take up to six months to assemble, which is the reason why the company will only be building four cars simultaneously.
Press Release after the jump
In 2011, the legendary Jaguar E-Type will celebrate its 50th anniversary, as it was first presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961.
On the occasion of this anniversary and upon the request of a Swiss businessman who wishes to stay anonymous, the designers Bo Zolland from Vizualtech and Robert Palm have developed an exceptional sports car inspired by the legend.
Based on the Jaguar XKR with a supercharged 5.0 Liter V8, the Growler E 2011 Concept produces 600 hp instead of the 510 hp of the XKR, thanks to engine remapping. The composite body is glued on a chassis made of a central carbon fibre core, on which two tubular frames are bolted at the front and rear, supporting engine, steering, transmission and suspensions. The majority of the components and the interior gear are taken from the Jaguar XKR. Thanks to a lighter chassis, the weight is only 1550 kg, about 200 kg less than the Jaguar XKR, which serves as technical basis.
The expected performance should therefore be sensibly better than on the Jaguar XKR, which is already extremely fast. 0-100 km/h should stay under 4 seconds.
Everyone doesn’t like the direction taken lately by Jaguar design, initiated by the Jaguar XF and confirmed by the new XJ. There are still many friends of the noble English brand who are nostalgic of the sensual shapes of the XK 120, Mark II, XJ6 and, last but not least, the fantastic Jaguar E-Type. This project was born in the mind of one of these nostalgic fans, who wanted to see the original style again, but up to date and with the latest technology.
The Growler E 2011 Concept is destined to remain unique. However, if there is some demand, a small series could be built by hand, for an unknown price.
Vizualtech is a Swedish design studio, founded by Bo Zolland in 1999.
Robert Palm is an independent designer based in Switzerland.