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.
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.
Appreciating the curves of the Low Drag GT is not hard to do, as this car is one of the most gorgeous designs ever to grace the lawn of any concours or auto show. Sweeping changes and updates to the original Lightweight Coupe bring a far wider road graphic, enhanced sills and front aspects, and a far smoother overall shape than the riveted originals.
Least faithful to the original Jaguar’s racing lights, the nose of the Eagle Low Drag GT shares its glass headlamp housings and grille shape with the Eagle Speedster. The result creates something totally pure and original up front, but keeps the best of the best in profile and out back.
A low, low rear glass is almost sunken into the smooth aluminum trunk shape, and the rear fenders are hugely flared and exaggerated. The result is absolutely gorgeous, with the twin central exhaust pipes and delicate rear lamps being the icing on the cake.
2013 Eagle Low Drag GT - Rear Three-Quarter Design Comparison:
As you can see in the image comparison graphic above, the Eagle Low Drag GT is far smoother and sportier than any other Jaguar E-type coupe. The construction methods of today also smooth out the original model’s exposed-rivet panels, which were a crude aircraft construction method used by Jaguar racing on the 12 original lightweight prototypes.
2013 Eagle Low Drag GT - Nose Design Comparison:
The Eagle Low Drag GT’s classier nose is visible in this comparison versus the 1964 Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type.
The interior of the Eagle Low Drag GT is just as thoroughly remodeled as the outside, thanks to a deeper floor plan and unique aluminum chassis enhancements. This means the Eagle Jaguars are much larger and wider inside that the original item, which is especially helpful for this low-roof variation.
The Low Drag GT has widely adjustable seats, and is fully trimmed in Bentley-quality leathers and carpets throughout. Air conditioning is a welcome update, blowing cool and refreshing air that Jaguar’s original Lightweight coupe race driver’s could only dream of.
The quality of the workmanship inside Eagle Jaguar models is fantastic, with a smart blend of original designs and updated technology, like the slim navigation unit shown on this prototype. After all, Eagle had to find its way into the lawns at Buckingham Palace for the St James’s Concours d’Elegance debut this past weekend; so satellite navigation, plenty of head room and A/C are all great items to have.
The Eagle engine makeover is perhaps the most significant alteration to the original layout and driving style.
Easily doubling the original power and torque figures, the custom-fabricated 4.7-liter aluminum engine is a buttery-smooth in-line-six with chrome side carbs, like a vintage Ferrari engine.
In fact, this big straight-six is fuel injected, and paired with a five-speed manual transmission with full synchromesh for easy driving. No double dips or other trick driving needed to enjoy the Low Drag GT’s huge performance.
Top speed is promised at 160 mph, with a 0-to-60 mph sprint taking just under 5 seconds. These scores are amplified in the cockpit by the vintage sensations, making this pace feel quick enough to finally score some points at LeMans.
2013 Eagle Low Drag GT - Performance Details:
|Engine||4.7-liter Aluminum I-6 With Fuel Injection|
|Powertrain Layout||Front-engine, Rear-drive|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||4.9, est|
|Top Speed (mph)||160|
|EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined) - Manual||18/20/19, est|
Upgrading the brakes and tires of the original Jaguar Lightweight Coupes is one of the most important steps Eagle takes to make its high-performance cars safe for Clarkson-style driving. Braking tech has advanced a quantum leap in the 50 years since the E-type coupe’s competed on the race circuit, and Eagle upgrades to four-wheel-discs all around.
Pricing and Availability
The Eagle Low Drag GT availability and pricing are not yet available, but likely to include a significant premium atop the price for the firm’s $900,000 bespoke Speedster model.
This Low Drag GT prototype has been in the works for at least the last year, so any orders placed will have a significant delay while your car is being handcrafted.
The only surviving example from the original series, this 1964 example was just restored in 2012 and is absolutely priceless.
The biggest competition from the Low Drag GT may in fact come from Eagle’s other masterpiece, the Speedster. Both offer unique merits of their own, like the slim racing windshield and roof-less design of the speedster.
Every Eagle is hand built to a customer’s specification, and can be shipped anywhere a customer prefers. The original 1963 title allows easy U.S. imports, as the car is already well over the 25-year age minimum.
The Low Drag GT is far more unique and special than the Speedster. Its complex racing heritage and the fact that all were basically destroyed in competition adds some real intrigue and exclusivity to the fastback E-type design.
Perhaps buyers should just order them both as a set, and enjoy the Speedster while the Low Drag GT is built.
- Excellent mechanical, packaging and comfort upgrades
- Absolutely first-class quality goes far beyond a normal resto-mod
- A timeless beauty and desirable future classic
- This prototype’s polished aluminum bodywork is absolutely exquisite
- Eagle has made the dream fastback E-type coupe a reality - with style and pace to match Italy’s best
- Pricing and availability are not yet known, but likely to be at Bugatti Veyron prices
Eagle are realising their long-conceived dream to build the ultimate high speed Classic GT car.
A sensational and purposeful continental touring E-Type with styling taking the best from the few Low Drag Coupes that were built during the E-Type Jaguars racing heyday.
Seen here in its current state of build, the lines have been toned, the features extensively harmonised, and the result , from any angle, is the most stunning and awesome E-Type ever. (Remember that Enzo Ferrari exclaimed the E-Type to be the most beautiful looking car ever made!)
The Eagle Low Drag GT Coupe. A stunning re-creation of the famous Jaguar Low Drags
The all aluminium lightweight body was constructed for us by RS Panels, recognized worldwide as building the very best aluminium E-type bodies, incorporating our specific design criteria. This lightweight body, combined with our all aluminium high torque 4.7 litre engine, fuel injection, 5 speed transmission, and touring axle ratio, will result in very high performance and impressive high speed touring capabilities.
Essentially invisible, all the practical solutions missing from the pure race cars have been discretely included. The shell is longer, the floors are lower, and there is vastly increased cabin space, with extra head and legroom as a result. This maximises driver and passenger comfort, the longer doors aiding access.
Other impassioned attention to detail includes;
- Specially cast magnesium wheels to accommodate suitable modern but correct looking 16" tyres
- Flush fitting, bonded and heated glass to front and rear
- Air conditioning system integrated within the structure of the car to avoid adverse cabin detail changes
- Trunk capable of carrying a sensible amount of luggage
- Long range fuel cell
- Aluminium 4.7 litre engine block
- Fuel injection
Of course, the rest of the specification draws from the best of our legendary reliability, safety, comfort and performance upgrades and will convincingly result in the ultimate, ultimate.
To enquire about this E-Type, call us on 01825 830966 or email email@example.com