In recreating the Lightweight, Jaguar has drawn on its unique engineering and design resources, including the company’s world-leading aluminum body technology. The specification includes an aluminum bodyshell with doors, trunk lid, hardtop and bonnet also in aluminum, and is assembled to exacting standards. The six-cylinder XK engine mirrors the original power units, with an aluminum block, “wide angle” aluminum cylinder head and dry sump lubrication. The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.
A prototype Lightweight, dubbed “Car Zero,” has been completed and, on August 14, will be revealed at the opening reception to the Pebble Beach Automotive weekend – the world’s most prestigious classic car event.