Stunning Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe, inspired by classic Jaguar racer 49FXN, debuted at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering following an eight-year build.
Marco Diez today unveiled his re-imagined ‘63 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe at The Quail during Monterey Car Week. Inspired by the legendary original E-Type Low Drag Coupe 49FXN, this JAGUAR E-TYPE: LOW DRAG COUPE REDUX! is known as project OWL226 because of its California registration, was designed by Diez. He painstakingly recreated the original E-Type body and drivetrain while refining the car’s fit, finish and interior.
Built in collaboration with Fast Cars Ltd. and UK coachbuilders RS Panels, the car was created through an exacting eight-year process. They strove to replicate the construction and appearance of the original 49FXN as it would have looked when first designed. The build process was so meticulous that many of the screws were machined specifically for the project, while the interior was built far above and beyond the elegant standards of a Jaguar road car of the day.
“Unveiling this car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was the culmination of nearly a decade’s work,” said Marco Diez, owner and designer of OWL226. “This Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe has been a passion project. I believe it is the one of most beautiful automobiles ever made, so to take inspiration from that and make it my own is a dream come true.”
The Low Drag Coupe also features much of the same running gear as the original, including a 3.8-litre straight-six competition engine – this one a modern example by Crosthwaite and Gardiner that produces 380 horsepower. The car also features a unique ram-air intake to feed air to the side draft Weber carburetors just like the original.
While the original was a stripped-down racecar, Diez sought to make this car equally as beautiful and tasteful on the inside as it is on the outside. The interior is almost entirely custom-made due to the unique dimensions of the “Low Drag” when compared to other E-Types. From bespoke gauges, custom seats and a custom roll bar with integrated headrests to the custom-machined steering wheel and one-off A/C system, the car is a wealth of fine details.
Marco Diez collaborated with fast Cars Ltd when he created the OWL226 Low Drag Coupe. For more information about JAGUAR E-TYPE: LOW DRAG COUPE REDUX! and Fast Cars Ltd, please visit http://www.fastcarsltd.com/