The Eagle Lightweight Speedster - Concept & Development
It started as a request from Dr Rick Velaj from Connecticut - "I want something a bit special". When you are a customer of Eagle E-Types, something special is standard.
Conversations started between Rick and Paul Brace from Eagle, and the word ‘Speedster' was mentioned. Paul got out his pencil and sketched a shape. Rick loved it, and that was the start of Eagle Speedster No.1.
Over the next months, in tandem with day to day Eagle business, Paul worked to design and perfect the details of this truly unique and extraordinary E-Type. Faithful to the Jaguar E-Type of the 1960s with classic detail and finishing, it was fitted with the finest Eagle E-Type engineering including the Eagle 4.7 litre engine, the Eagle 5-speed gearbox and the optimised suspension.
Although initially built as a ‘one-off’, the Speedster was universally well-received and interest was such that we decided to build another - and the resulting 'Lightweight Speedster' has met with absolute acclaim. The second creation in Black Cognac is a technical homage to the 12 aluminium Lightweight E-Types that Jaguar built in 1963 for racing.
These Jaguar race cars have subsequently become well established as the ‘Lightweights’ and, in common with our Speedster, made use of aluminium bodies, aluminium engines, 5 speed gearboxes and fuel injection. The process began, as ever, with an original Series 1 Jaguar E-Type and this ‘Lightweight’ version retains even more original detail aesthetics - such as twin exhaust pipes, simple door trim and fluted seat fascias. The result exhibits the same outstanding visual impact as the first.
The Eagle engine benefits from an increased capacity to 4.7 litres and produces exceptional torque. In conjunction with the final weight of just 1,008 kgs, the result is a superbly capable and supremely exciting motor car.
Lowered & Raked Screen
The custom-built windscreen is lowered and raked back with shaped wind-down side glass and hidden ‘A’ posts. This enhances the sleekness of the overall shape and creates a driving cocoon
Lowered Floor Pan
The deeper sills & lowered floor pan effortlessly increase the more muscular appearance of the all-aluminium bodyshell and lowers the drivers seating position. This enhances the feeling of 'connection' with the road and stiffens the body even further.
The rear decking extends further centrally and drops into the cockpti creating a 'waterfall' console, mirroring the smooth external lines into the cockpti. From outside and inside, this is a car that embodies 'flow'.
From the first design sketches, we wanted this cockpit to be a fantastic place to be. It combines pure driving functionality with classic styling and luxury. It's authentic E-Type - right down the aluminium fascia.
Sweeping Body Colour
The body colour metal extends across the door tops and around the scallops further defining the essence of the Speedster concept.
To maintain the smooth lines flowing inside the cockpit, the handbrake lever has been concealed alongside the iPod connection under the cubby lid.
Wheel Arches & Track
The wheel track has been increased and the wheel arch width extended - in keeping with the 'muscular' lines of the adapted bodyshell.
Narrowed Plate Aperture
To suit USA registration plates and shorter UK numbers, the number plate aperture has been narrowed - working in harmony with the overall style.
Wide Alloy Spoked Rims
These completely custom-designed aluminium rimmed wheels have been specified to enhance the visual aesthetic, and improve handling. They are completed by the custom designed 3-eared wheel spinners.
Seamless & Flush Body
A fundamental of the Speedster concept is that the body and fittings should be seamless, pure and flowing, including the specially designed glass and windscreen.
Custom designed enamel horn push and flush fitting nose and tail badging, hidden inertia-reel seatbelts, and completely flush fuel filler cap exemplify some of our attention to the finest detail.
Underneath all the exterior beauty lies the heart of the beast - the Eagle 4.7 litre engine matched to our 5 speed gearbox and sports suspension. Tried, tested and well-proven Eagle Engineering including all of our reliability upgrades are present in this extraordinary E-Type.
If I were to have an E-type, for example, it would have to be the Eagle Speedster - I just love that car. It’s how I would have designed it; it taking the E-type Jaguar’s purity to a whole new level.
Ian Callum, Design Director Jaguar Cars