The world’s fastest Jaguar E-Type is currently up for sale – Top Gear

Woah. If you’re into 1990s racing cars and/or 1960s sports cars, might we suggest you sit down for a moment? Heck, even if you didn’t think you were into either of those things it’d probably be best to take a seat.

That’s because what we have here is claimed to be the world’s fastest Jaguar E-Type. Some of you may recognise it – it was conceived by Fred Cliffe back in 1977 and was built over 13 years by Rob Beere Racing on behalf of Malcolm Hamilton. Incredible looking thing, isn’t it?

Underneath is a 1971 Series 3 E-Type, whilst the wild aero addendums are made from a mix of aluminium, fibreglass and carbon fibre. That rear wing is actually off a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9.

The engine is a mammoth 7.3-litre V12 unit built to Tom Walkinshaw Racing Group C specs and produces around 750bhp and 680lb ft of torque. It’s also mounted six inches lower and further back than in the standard road car. 

The gearbox is a bespoke Hewland dog-leg setup, and there’s a lightweight flywheel, a triple plate clutch and Rob Beere Racing suspension. Oh, and those wheels are off a Le Mans spec XJ220. 

It’s claimed that 0-150mph takes around eight seconds, and the top speed is in excess of 180mph. 

With Hamilton driving, this thing dominated its class in the 1990s, with 52 outright victories and 87 podiums. An accident at Oulton Park ended its career in 2001 and the Jag was disassembled, but the current owner has rebuilt it to its original racing spec. Great work. 

It’s now up for sale, though, so if you fancy scaring yourself silly you’ll need to give Hampson Auctions a call. How much do we think it’ll sell for, Internet?

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