April 28, 2003
Racing E-Types promote Jaguar’s certified used car program
Road Atlanta, Georgia – Two 400-horsepower vintage Jaguar E-Type racecars are taking to the track as high-speed billboards for Jaguar’s Select Edition Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program.
Jaguar North America has teamed up with renowned vintage Jaguar specialists, Massachusetts-based Donovan Motorcar Services, to campaign the Select Edition Racing E-Types at key historic racing events throughout the 2003 season.
The team made its debut at last weekend’s annual Walter Mitty historic sports car races at the famous Road Atlanta circuit, near Braselton, Georgia.
Both Select Edition Racing E-Types already have a proven track record. The #61 car is a 1967 E-Type open roadster, prepared from new as a racecar by famed U.S. Jaguar tuner, Huffaker Engineering. Acquired by Donovan Motor Services in 1990, and driven by top vintage racer Bob Hebert, the car has been largely undefeated in its class ever since.
The second Select Edition Racing E-Type, #62, is an early 1961 hardtop roadster that was converted to race spec in 1984 and campaigned by DMS president, Brian Donovan. Used mostly for historic racing endurance events, the car has taken numerous overall and class victories in ultra-competitive Sports Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) events.
“The E-Type makes the perfect vintage racecar. It has strong performance, dynamic handling, and a great power-to-weight ratio. And its performance is equaled only by its breathtaking looks,” explained Donovan.
Both Select Edition E-Types are powered by highly-tuned 4.2-liter straight-six engines, delivering close to 415-horsepower — enough to give standstill to 60 mph acceleration in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.
They also come equipped with modified suspension, upgraded front and rear brakes with vented rotors, a heavy-duty four-speed manual transmission, and Goodyear racing tires.
A special paint scheme was also created for the cars by Jaguar designer Joe Buck. The scheme features a silver body color with Jaguar Racing Green stripes, and striking red epaulettes across the front fenders.