Jaguar E-type

Jaguar E-type

Although it has been missing from top-level motorsport for more than two decades now, Jaguar remains one of the world’s most successful race car manufacturers. Between the early 1950s and the early 1990s, the Brits brought home no less than seven 24 Hours of Le Mans trophies, just enough to place them right below Ferrari and above makers such as Bentley , Alfa Romeo , and Ford . Jaguar’s Le Mans success returned under the spotlight with the F-Type Project 7 , a limited-edition sports car built to commemorate the company’s success in France.

And the folks over at XCAR thought it would be a great idea to look back on the F-Type’s spiritual predecessor, the E-Type , and the other two spectacular racers that preceded it, the C-Type and D-Type . Not only that, but the Brits also managed to round up all three vehicles on the same track for a 19-minute history lesson that covers nearly 24 years of good old Jaguar days.

It all begins with the C-Type, a track-exclusive car built to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It did so by dominating the 1953 race against heavy competition from Cunningham and Ferrari . XCAR also has a thorough look at the D-Type, yet another Jag confined to the race course. Built between 1954 and 1957, the D-Type was even more successful than the C-Type. It won the famed Le Mans event three times in a row between 1955 and 1957 and among its victims were various Ferraris, Aston Martins , and Porsches .

Finally, the video focuses on the E-Type, know as one of the most beautiful sports cars of the 20th century. When it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-Type had a 3.8-liter engine that delivered 265 horsepower and staggering performance for the era — naught to 62 mph in six seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. By 1970 displacement had increased to 4.2 liters, but the six-banger was dropped in 1971, when Jaguar offered a 5.3-liter, V-12 mill rated at up to 295 ponies and 300 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, there’s more to the E-Type than raw power and torque, but we’ll let you discover more by watching XCAR’s video. Hit the play button above for the greatest Jaguar trio to ever hit the street and track.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is only 21 years old. That’s very young when compared to other automotive events; but make no mistake, this annual gathering has grown to become one of the most important racing happenings in the world. The festival attracts not only historic and modern race cars alike, but also a host of past and present drivers to hoon some of the coolest vehicles up the Goodwood hill.

The event is getting better and better with each edition, and 2014 is no exception. With nearly 10 debuts set to take place in West Sussex, England, and with iconic drivers such as Richard Petty, Al Unser, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi having already confirmed their presence, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle.

NASCAR ’s "King" Petty will arrive to drive his legendary No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere through the course, while Unser will hoon the 1978 Penske Lola-Cosworth racer in which he won his third Indy 500 . And that’s only a mere fraction of the action scheduled between June 26th and 29th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the past few weeks, it seems as if the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , which kicks off on June 26th, is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle. We already learned that you’ll get to run the hillclimb in a digital version of the GTI Roadster and that the Q50 Eau Rouge will clear its V-6, twin-turbocharged throat on the course too. And now we have learned that Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations — the folks responsible for giving thick-walleted customers customized Jags and Rovers — will reveal a new model during the festivities.

According to the press release, the new vehicle will be a Jaguar, so we can rest assured knowing that it won’t be some oddly named and obnoxiously expensive Land Rover . Rather, it will be some sleek sexiness from the British big cat.

As of now, the details are very scarce, as Jag didn’t even give us the slightest clue on what this car will be. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.comand we’ll bring you all of the juicy bits once the car hits Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s new Special Operations Division.

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast . We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo , the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip . We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type .

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum .

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars .

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

Two years after unveiling the E-Type — built between 1961 and 1975, and known as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever designed — the folks at Jaguar rolled out a lighter version of the model specifically developed for racing .

Dubbed E-Type Lightweight, it featured an all-aluminum body and engine block, and had most of its interior trim removed, making it 250 pounds lighter than the standard E-Type. Only 12 units of this track-purpose vehicles were built, although Jaguar’s initial plan was to conceive 18 of them.

Believe it or not, the Brits have just decided to make use of the remaining designated chassis numbers and construct six more Lightweight E-Types 50 years after the original example left the factory. The sports cars will be built to their original specifications and fitted with the same 3.8-liter, straight-six engine.

Jaguar has yet to mention when the hand-built coupes will become available or at what price, but word has it each vehicle will fetch about $1.7 million. Despite costing more than a brand-new McLaren P1 , the Lightweight E-Types are expected to sell like hot cakes and it appears the company will hand them over to established Jaguar collectors that already own historic race cars.

Since we don’t own any Jaguars and our pockets arn’t deep enough, we’re not hoping to take delivery of one of these race-bred beauties, but we’re hoping to see them on the track as soon as they’re out of the factory gate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

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The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 and between 1963 and 1964, Jaguar offered a Lightweight version, specially developed for racing. The model was limited to only 12 units, plus two spare bodies.

It was not very successful as the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, as it did not won any Le Mans or Sebring competitions, but it enjoyed plenty of success in private hands and in smaller races.

Jason Len decided it was time for his 1964 E-Type to went through a recreation process, so it spent lots of hours and used tons of materials to rebuild it. Of course lots of money were also required, but apparently that was irrelevant for Jason. All he wanted was to chase his dream.

Apparently, Jason devoted his life to Jaguar , so when deciding to rebuild this car, the decision was very easy to make. He started to work and the result is quite impressive.

Jason and his car were the subject of Petrolicious’ latest video, which you can see above.

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What do you like to do when it’s time to relax? Jogging, swimming, playing a cool game, hanging out with your friends — these likely top most of your lists. But, we are pretty sure that for some of you here, the greatest joy is to get behind the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and just cruise the streets.

David Gandy is one of the guys with an ultimate passion for driving sports cars . Oh, who is he? He is a successful British model that also happens to be a huge Jaguar fan.

In this latest short movie revealed by the British automaker, called "Escapism," Gandy gets behind the wheel of some of the most amazing Jaguar models, ranging from the new F-Type roadster and going back in history to models like the C-Type , E-Type and XKSS.

All we can say is enjoy the video, we are pretty sure you will like what you will see!

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As the Jaguar product renaissance continues full-steam ahead with the XQ-type crossover’s reveal, there is even more excitement back home with the debut of the Eagle Low Drag GT.

Sharing the lawn with dozens of other priceless exotics, the Eagle Low Drag GT applies the same priceless supercar restoration and upgrade that makes its Speedster such a showstopper.

Finished in gorgeous hand-polished aluminum for the panels and chassis, the Low Drag GT revives one of the most celebrated Jaguar racing concepts ever: a fastback E-type that was wider, more powerful and far more streamlined than any production Jaguar coupe from then or now.

The original E-type was many things during its prime, including a super-rapid, high-speed express that could reach huge top speeds for a fraction of the price of its competition from Italy.

For all this beauty and heritage that flows into the F-type today, the E-type was surprisingly never a truly successful racing machine or a good-looking two-seat coupe.

As Jaguar puts the final touches on the F-type Coupe ahead of its arrival this spring, the Eagle Low Drag GT is the perfect example of Jaguar fastback style.

With pricing likely to be in the seven digits and a total production run of perhaps five cars, the 2013 Eagle Low Drag GT writes a new chapter in the celebrated Jaguar E-type legacy.

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In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno got the chance to review a 1964 Jaguar E-Type , not a stock one, but still a pretty enjoyable drive, at least according to Jay Leno. The model was brought back to life by Jason Len from XKs Unlimited, who wanted to bring the flavor of the track to this E-Type, while keeping it totally streetable.

This Jag was updated with a roomier interior, a new alloy hood, factory-built Le Mans racing lights, a custom front bumper to accommodate the racing lights, knock-off wheels, Le Mans winglets and a new exhaust system with side pipes. The model is powered by a 3.8-liter inline-six engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower — a 70 horsepower increase over the stock E-Type.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks all these updates are suitable for the 1964 E-Type. We think it’s an interesting ride!

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In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno got behind the wheel of one of his personal cars: an original 1963 Jaguar E-Type (XKE to be more precise). This is the second classic E-Type owned by Leno; the other one is a Roadster model that is heavily modified.

However, as Jay Leno is a big fan of the original cars, he bought this 1963 XKE from a lady which owned it for 50 years.

The 1963 XKE is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 265 horsepower. The model could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and could go up to a top speed of 149 mph – all respectable numbers for an older car.

Check this video to see what Jay Leno has to say about this amazing sports car and if he is pleased or not about his acquisition.


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