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The Beast – the world’s fastest Jaguar E-Type

Boasting 750bhp (560kW) and a top speed of over 180mph (299km/h), 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 tantamount to TWR Group C specification engine and running gear. In detail:

Critical specs:

Engine: 7.3-litre V12 E-Type
Compression ratio: 13:1
Carburation: 6 x twin-choke IDF downdraught Webers
Transmission: Bespoke Hewland dog box, lightweight flywheel and triple plate clutch
Suspension: Bespoke Rob Beere Racing wishbones and anti-rollbars, Penske springs and dampers, Jaguar XJ220 Le Mans wheels shod with Dunlop tyres
Weight: 1 275kg

Source: Newspress –

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