Boasting 750bhp and a top speed of over 180mph, ‘The World’s Fastest E-Type Jaguar’ (aka ‘The Beast’) dominated its class of racing throughout the ‘90s.
Now, fully restored and ready to rule the roost once again, it is available for sale courtesy of Hampson Auctions. Conceived by Fred Cliffe back in 1977, the V12 roadster was subsequently developed over 13 years by Rob Beere Racing on behalf of Malcolm Hamilton, in whose hands it secured no less than 52 outright victories and 87 podium finishes.
The car’s remarkable run of success was halted by an accident at Oulton Park in 2001, following which the Jaguar was disassembled and stored before finally being sold to the current keeper, who has patiently rebuilt it to the equivalent mind-boggling specification in which it last competed. In essence it is a 1971 V-12 E-Type centre tub sporting what’s tantamount to TWR Group C specification engine and running gear. In detail:
7.3-litre V12 E-Type unit developing c.750bhp and 680 lb ft of torque and installed 6in lower and further back than in the standard car. Compression ratio – 13:1. Carburation – 6 x twin-choke IDF downdraught Webers
Bespoke Hewland dog box, lightweight flywheel and triple plate clutch
Bespoke Rob Beere Racing wishbones and anti-rollbars, Penske springs and dampers, Jaguar XJ220 Le Mans wheels shod with Dunlop tyres
15in AP Racing discs all-round – 6-pot calipers front, 4-pot calipers rear
Mix of aluminium, fibreglass and carbonfibre. Front air dam – plywood with titanium skids. Rear wing – carbonfibre ex-Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9
0-150mph, c.8 seconds. Top speed, in excess of 180mph