The Eagle Lightweight GT
The Eagle Lightweight GT is the ultimate road-going evolution of one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful race cars, Jaguar’s Lightweight E-Type resulting in a classic supercar with the intoxicating thrills of a 1963 factory Lightweight, thoughtfully and comprehensively re-engineered.
We are delighted with the response to the Lightweight GT. See what the world's press are saying here.
See behind the scenes at Eagle plus road tests and reviews of the Eagle Lightweight GT.
Learn how our ultimate evolutions of the correct period technologies helped to create this extraordinary car.
There is now an opportunity to commission and specify your own Eagle Lightweight GT.
The Eagle Lightweight GT is the ultimate road-going evolution of one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful race cars, Jaguar’s Lightweight E-Type.
A direct descendent of the legendary C and D-Types, only 12 Lightweights were manufactured by the factory, introducing their most exotic E-Type for the 1963 season. Noisy, brutal, exhilarating and exhausting, these brilliant race cars were intoxicating on the track and visceral on the road. Six years earlier, Jaguar had re-equipped and retuned 16 of their legendary D-Type racers to create the XKSS: race car fast, yet with a level of comfort and refinement that allowed owners such as Steve McQueen to drive them every day. These are now amongst the most highly prized of all collectors’ automobiles, but there has been – until now – no Lightweight E-Type equivalent.
Widely regarded as the world’s most capable E-Type specialist, we have spent more than 35 years developing a deep understanding of every nuance of the model, evolving and refining the original design to create ‘ultimate’ E-Types that meet the quality and performance aspirations of the world’s most demanding enthusiasts. Our latest concept transforms an original Series 1 E-Type into the classic supercar the factory never built.
The Eagle Lightweight GT is the most beautiful car of 2020, and it’s not even close.
Alistair Charlton / FORBES MAGAZINE / JUNE 2020
The process begins with our expert team carefully dismantling the original E-Type. Every single part is individually assessed and any necessary work undertaken to come up to the standard required for an Eagle E-Type. The tolerances are many times more demanding than those originally specified by Jaguar’s Competition Department.
The switch to lightweight castings is particularly important because reducing the weight towards the ends of the car reduces the polar moment of inertia, making it more agile and contributing to fine steering response and feel. Through extensive use of specialist lightweight materials including magnesium, Inconel and titanium, the Eagle Lightweight GT weighs just 1017 kg; not in stripped-out race configuration, but luxuriously specified for comfortable road use.
I want an E-type Eagle Lightweight GT. I want one so much that it keeps me awake at night.
Jeremy Clarkson / THE SUNDAY TIMES / JuLY 2020
Comfortable road use also means resisting the temptation to give the Eagle Lightweight GT an exhaust note that shouts ‘race car’ or a track-focussed suspension calibration that too often makes such vehicles too harsh. Far more challenging is to combine taught, sports car dynamics with the ride quality and refinement of a world-class Grand Tourer. Working together with the seats and tyres, Eagle’s suspension, carefully adjusted geometry, spring rates, bushings and bespoke Ohlins adjustable dampers, ensures long distances can be completed in refreshing comfort.
Throughout the car, every component has been evaluated and, where even a marginal improvement can be engineered, has been upgraded to increase performance, comfort, durability and safety. Take seating as an example. The design of the floorpan, pedal mountings and the rear bulkhead have been tweaked to dramatically increase legroom in the E-Type’s notoriously cramped cabin while the seats are redesigned to improve safety, retention and long-term comfort. The remarkable attention to detail has even increased finger room around the seat adjusters, using the latest 3D printing techniques to create bespoke control levers.
To drive? Simply magnificent. GT3 Porsche fast, exquisitely damped, slim enough to slot through the lanes, a feast for ears and eyes alike and agile as only a car of such little mass - less even than an Alpine A110 despite its enormous engine - can be. Yet off the throttle, it is quiet and comfortable too.
Andrew Frankel for DriveNation / June 2020
That attention to detail is continued throughout the Eagle Lightweight GT in the most comprehensive review and enhancement of an E-Type ever undertaken, accomplished with great sensitivity to the original feel and aesthetic. The revisions, like the gorgeous peg-drive magnesium alloy wheels and aluminium three eared wheel spinner nuts, are ultimate evolutions of the correct period technologies, but there are also carefully selected modern systems that have been discreetly integrated.
Braking is by four piston, servo assisted vented discs, a subtly integrated electrical distribution panel increases safety and reliability and the extreme cabin heat of the original is solved by modern thermal barrier materials and the careful integration of a discreet air conditioning system; designed in-house to eliminate the compromises that would be inevitable with a bought-in design.
The result is a classic supercar that fuses the character and charm of the original Jaguar E-Type, on which the Eagle is based, with the intoxicating thrills of a 1963 factory Lightweight, thoughtfully and comprehensively re-engineered to ensure the new owner enjoys every mile, every day.
This really is 'dream drive' sort of stuff. The view out over that long bonnet, the vents. This is wonderful.
HENRY CATCHPOLE / CARFECTION / JUNE 2020
It is now possible to commission your own Eagle Lightweight GT - a bespoke build based on an original Jaguar E-Type from our selection here at Eagle.
The specification process ensures your Eagle Lightweight GT is perfect for you. We maintain the character of the original E-Type without diluting the spirit and add reliability, safety, and performance. Each Eagle Lightweight GT is a truly bespoke build.
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