A month on from its arrival in Mayfair, luxury automotive retail network, Stratstone, has officially launched a new 12-month project which puts the iconic Jaguar Lightweight E-Type at its heart. An aluminium-bodied race car from the 1960s, Jaguar originally produced 12 models of a planned run of 18. With the confirmation in 2014 that the brand planned to complete the production run, interest was exceptionally high, and Stratstone has acquired one of the so-called ‘missing six’, No. 15.
Hand-built, with original 1960s toolings and production methods, as well as period-exact dimensions, the Stratstone Jaguar Lightweight E-Type No. 15 plays centre stage to an innovative new campaign which will see the car travel the UK and Europe – racing and visiting dealerships – over the coming year. Coinciding with Stratstone’s 85th anniversary, the project features time-lapse footage of the build, interviews with the project team and clips of the car in action.
Featuring the cutting-edge XK engine, which powered almost every Jaguar saloon and sports car for 40 years, the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type enjoys a 3.8 litre engine, with in excess of 300bhp and torque in the region of 280lb-ft at 4,500rpm. Built by Crosthwaite and Gardiner, to the original specification, the engine also features Weber carburettors.
The first race outing for No. 15 saw the car driven by classic car enthusiast Katarina Kyvalova, who has notched up podium finishes at the 2015 Goodwood Revival, Spa Six Hours and 2016 Goodwood Members’ Meeting. Taking to the world’s oldest racing venue still to run its original layout – Shelsey Walsh in Worcestershire’s Teme Valley – the E-Type was put through its paces on a wet spring day in April.
Describing the experience, Kyvalova said: “I could honestly keep driving this car up and down the hill all day. Even in a short time, I definitely fell in love with it. This has been a real once in a lifetime day for me. It’s going to be difficult to forget. It’s something truly special.”
Commenting on the E-Type project, Trevor Finn, CEO of Stratstone’s parent company, Pendragon Plc, added: “You can trace the story of Stratstone and Jaguar back to 1929, and we’ve developed a great relationship over the years. The E-Type is, in so many respects, uncompromising. That long bonnet, the way it sits so low to the ground – there’s nothing else like it. It’s a really brave design, which has stood the test of time. The fact that the 2015 Lightweight E-Type exists is a great thing on its own, but there is also the fact that it’s a trailblazer for other things to come.”
Information on the Stratstone E-Type project will be released throughout the year here