Jaguar opens new Heritage workshop

Jaguar has officially opened its new Heritage workshop to build, restore and service classic Jaguar models.

The workshop, purpose-built on a site in Coventry, will also be the same facility in which the six new Lightweight E-Type reproductions will be built.

Led by long-time Jaguar employee Martyn Hollingsworth, Jaguar are opening the unique skillset of their Heritage team to classic Jag owners.

The home of heritage Jaguars

As well as providing bespoke work for clients, the facility will also be used for the restoration and upkeep of Jaguar’s own collection of heritage vehicles.

All work covered by the facility will be fully warrantied, and customers will be able to visit while the work is in progress to check up on their vehicles.

Once the work is done, customers will receive a photographic record of the work done as well as a Jaguar approved service logbook.

Where the new Lightweight E-Type will be created

The new Lightweight E-Type reproduction will be the first project from the Jaguar Heritage team, itself an offshoot of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

Its all-aluminium body has been specially constructed to match the original models exactly and also features an aluminium bonnet, doors and an aluminium hard top, just like the original.

Power will be provided courtesy of a version of Jaguar’s straight-six XK engine, the same unit that took the C- and D-types to five Le Mans victories in the 50s.

It’ll generate 335bhp with 380Nm of torque and will be paired with a four-speed Jaguar close-ratio gearbox.

Specs to match the original

Performance figures haven’t been released, however it’s likely that it’ll closely match the original, which had a top speed of around 150mph.

“The recreation of the new Lightweight E-type period competition cars has demonstrated the unique skillset within the Jaguar Heritage team,” the Heritage team’s lead engineer said.

“I’m delighted the opening of our Browns Lane workshop means we’re now able to make those same skills available to the benefit of our global customers.”

Pricing for the new Lightweight E-Type reproductions hasn’t been released yet, but more is expected to be known following the model’s debut at Goodwood Revival this weekend.