This year the legendary Jaguar E-Type celebrates its 50th anniversary. The E-Type is considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time, and it’s a big surprise that Jaguar has not yet introduced a modern day sports car inspired by the original E-Type, like Mercedes did with the SLS AMG.
But thankfully there are always people who dream big. In this case, an anonymous Swiss businessman has requested designers Bo Zolland from Vizualtech and Robert Palm to develop an exceptional sports car inspired by the legendary Jaguar E-Type. He wanted to see the original design again, but up to date with the latest technology.
The concept is dubbed Growler E 2011 and is based on the Jaguar XK-R. The 5.0 litre supercharged V8 is modified to produce 600bhp instead of the 510bhp. 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 XK-R. Thanks to lightweight materials and lighter chassis, the car weighs only 1550kg(about 20 kg less than XK-R).
0-62mph is expected to come in under 4.0 seconds and according to Bo Zolland the concept is destined to remain unique, though he does not rule out a small series production if there is demand.