The other day, I saw a car, or more precisely, pictures of a concept car that really left me in awe: The Jaguar E-Type Concept Car by Laszlo Varga.
I have always had an affinity to the the elegance and beauty of vintage Jaguars – but this time, I was really stunned. Today, I would like to present this marvelous design study that has yet to move beyond the design studio. I can only wholeheartedly wish for it to be produced someday.
Jaguar E-Type History
Before we dive in and take a look at all the beautiful angles, let me briefly point out a few tidbits about the Jaguar E-Type, also known as the Jaguar XK-E. The car was initially designed in 1957 and was first manufactured in 1961. It ran until 1975. For many, it is one of the most beautiful cars ever built, and I can absolutely understand why someone might feel that way. The E-Type was built in three different series – and two limited editions – with engines ranging from a 3.8 6 cylinder all the way up to a 5.3 V12. In 1996, the world famous MoMA in New York City recognized the significance of the Jaguar E-Type and its iconic design by adding a blue roadster to its permanent collection as one of only six cars to date! For more information about the XKE, please visit this website.
E-Type Concept Car by Laszlo Varga
The Hungarian industrial designer Laszlo Varga, who is part of the design group Room 11, is currently in his 4th year as a student at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)/Industrial Design.
Inspired by the style, beauty, power, glamor and elegance of the legendary E-Type, he designed a revised version of this Jaguar in 2011. Although the images imply that a prototype of that car has been produced, it is entirely virtual at this point in time. I could probably go on for hours about the sophisticated, sleek lines of the car, but in this case, pictures speak more than a thousand words.
E-Type Growler 2011
Interestingly, there has been another E-Type design model recently. However, this is actually a car and if you compare the lines side by side, they look very similar. The Varga E-Type is more simplistic and elegant, in my opinion. It was designed by Vizualtech, which was recently renamed Zolland Design AB after its Swedish owner Bo Zolland.
Last year, Jaguar celebrated the 50th anniversary of the E-Type. As such, Bo designed an interpretation of this car as a tribute to Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.
Lyonheart Jaguar 2012
In collaboration with Robert Palm from the Swiss design company Classic Factory, Zolland created a limited edition series of the new E-Type. Interestingly, the car was advertised as the Lyonheart K and was developed, engineered and hand-built in England. It will feature a 5.0 Supercharged V8 that delivers 550PS and 680Nm of torque. With a weight of under 1600kg (3520 lbs), the Lyonheart K reaches 100km/h (62mph) in under 4 seconds and has top speeds of 300km/h (185 mph).
Being so exclusive, a Lyonheart K will cost € 495,000 if 50 cars are sold prior to production, or more than a million if only a handful of cars will be produced. In any case, you will have to wait at least 18 months for delivery.
Make sure to check out the gallery below and tell us which of these four versions is your favorite and why?