Back in the mid-1950s, the Jaguar D-Type was what upheld for a hypercar. It bristled with cutting-edge technology, and D-Types won Le Mans every year from 1955 to 1957. Today, the company suggested it is putting the racecar back into production, with a run of 25 new D-Types. The cars will be palm built at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire in the UK using the strange drawings and papers from the time.
The 1950s is when Jaguar cemented its repute as a company on the slicing corner of automotive technology. Design arch Malcolm Sayer had already borrowed a couple of ideas from the aerospace attention for the C-Type racer, and the automobile builder introduced front brakes and aerodynamics. But the D-Type was even some-more revolutionary.
Instead of a spaceframe like the C-Type (or Mercedes-Benz’ rival 300 SLR), the D-Type used panels of aluminum welded together into a unibody chassis. It was the first time this proceed had been used for a car, but not the last; in 2018, contingency are overwhelmingly high that your car also uses a monocoque chassis.
The new D-Type isn’t the first time Jaguar has dipped into its back catalog. Starting in 2014, it built 6 new Lightweight E-Type racers and, in 2017, 9 “lost” XKSSes. Like those cars, we don’t design a reissued D-Type to be quite cheap. Prices haven’t been announced yet, but we design one to cost at slightest $1 million.
Yet, compared to one of the originals, a million bucks is actually a bargain: in 2016, one sole at auction for almost $22 million. But that $22 million instance should be seen as an outlier: its race story and provenance have driven up the price. Still, even a ratty D-Type from the 1950s will set you back $3-4 million, making a 2018 D-Type a relations discount in that context.
The new cars—Jaguar calls them a “continuation”—will be built to possibly 1955 “shortnose” or 1956 “longnose” specification, depending on the buyer’s wishes. And whoever those 25 propitious buyers are, they won’t be means to show their D-Types on the road; for that, they should have gotten one of the XKSSes, which were built at the time using over-abundance D-Type framework until a fire broken Jaguar’s bureau in 1957.
By the time of the fire, the company had built fewer than the 100 D-Types it creatively promised. Opinions seem to differ on just how many: Jaguar says it built 75, while other sources contend 71 if you don’t count the 16 road-legal XKSSes (87 if you do).
As cold as these new D-Types will be, I’ve suspicion of a way to make one even better. You see, last year Classic Works went and built an electric powertrain that’s a drop-in deputy for the XK engine and gearbox. we don’t know about you, but we reckon the only EV cooler than an electric D-Type would be if someone shot a Tesla Roadster into the asteroid belt.
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