1971 The World's Fastest E-Type

This car has kindly been loaned to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, by its owner Peter Griffiths, to appear in our ‘E-type Evolution’ exhibition from March to the end of June 2021.

It  is a highly modified 1971 Jaguar V12 E-type which had an extensive racing career from the mid 70’s until 2001.  It was built by Fred Cliffe, a respected racer who had ambitions to conquer the Modsports category of motor racing, using a V12 engine and gearbox from the Broadspeed XJC programme of 1976 to 1977.  Fred Cliffe raced it in Modsports for about 10 years and then sold the car in 1986 to Jaguar Racing specialist, Rob Beere.  It was driven by Malcolm Hamilton between 1988 until 2001 during which time it was modified further by Beere.

It is now powered by a 7.3-litre version of Jaguar’s V12 engine, producing around 750 bhp and 680 lb ft of torque, through SIX twin-choke Weber carburettors.  It has a Hewland dog-leg gearbox and a sturdy triple-plate clutch.  The drivetrain is effectively to TWR Group C spec, with wheels from the Jaguar XJ220 Le Mans racers, Dunlop slick tyres, and a carbon-fibre rear wing from an old Silk Cut XJR-9.  It has unique suspension wishbones and anti-roll bars developed by Rob Beere Racing, Penske springs and dampers, and AP Racing brakes: Front – 15in diameter with 6 pot calipers; Rear – 13in with 4 pot calipers.  The bodywork is built from aluminium, fibreglass and carbonfibre, and at 1,275 kg is a good ¼ tonne lighter than a standard E-Type V12.

The car was hugely successful during the ‘80s and ‘90s and in May 1989 a news article in Jaguar Driver magazine stated ….’it is now considered the world’s fastest V12 E-type.’   In 1997 it held the lap records at: Brands Hatch, Castle Coombe, Mallory Park, Oulton Park, Pembrey, Thruxton and Silverstone.

It was entered in the 2001 Woodbridge Speed Trials achieving a speed record of 184 mph (296.12 km/h) and it can sprint from a standstill to 150 mph (242 km/h) in around eight seconds.

In 2001, it was involved in an accident and its racing career ended.  Its current owner, Peter Griffiths, bought it in 2009 and rebuilt it to its current condition.

Owner: Peter Griffiths