EV – All Electric – Recreation Aluminium Handcrafted Lightweight & Lowdrag Replicas


The E Type Legend Continues with an all new EV Drive train

Lanes Cars offer a handbuilt recreation Aluminium all-electric Lightweight and Lowdrag Replicas for clients who appreciate the heritage in the design of the Iconic and race-winning Jaguar Racing E Types of the 1960s with the latest fully approved EV drive train technology from RBW EV Cars.

Jaguar Cars continued their competitive racing pedigree with their Lightweight and Lowdrag E Types which was born out of their record-breaking legendary C Types and D Type aluminium race cars with numerous successful wins in Le Man’s 24-hour endurance races in the 1950s.

The core component of the 12 Semi-Lightweight E Types and even rarer Lowdrags built by Jaguar Cars in the early 1960s is its aluminium bodyshell which enabled Jaguar Cars to reduce the kerb weight by 114kg compared to their steel standard road-going E Type, making an Aluminium Lightweight or Lowdrag Recreation the Ideal EV – E Type to convert to fully electric using a barn find donor E Type.

EV drive trains are ideally suited to sports car driving as they give instance torque for the enthusiastic driver and with our fully designed fully adjustable suspension set up offers owners a true sports cars, that are environmentally friendly and will be admired by all, can be used daily with great pace and range of up to 250 miles per charge.

Lanes Cars re-creation, turn of the key EV Lightweight or Lowdrag built with a new GP handcrafted aluminium Lightweight or Lowdrag bodyshell, are available in RHD or LHD in an exterior colour of your choice which includes as standard the following:

  • 1 x Jaguar donor E Type supplied by Lanes Cars.
  • 1 x GP Aluminium bodyshell finished in an exterior colour and race decors of your choice
  • 1 x Complete New set of Steel Engine Frame assembly
  • 2 x New Steel Chassis Legs and associated parts as required
  • 1 x New Bulkhead Steel Top Scuttle Panel
  • 1 x RBW fully approved rear subframe housing with the new Continental ER3 Motor
  • 1 x Fully approved RBW Battery Box containing 8 x new Hyperdrive Batteries with an 8 year manufactures warranty.
  • 1 x Set of uprated torsion bars.
  • 1 x Uprated Reaction Plate
  • 2 XUprated Torsion Bars
  • 1 x Uprated Brake Servo
  • Fosseway uprated front calipers with vented discs.
  • Lanes Cars upgraded sports handling kit, including fully adjustable set of platform shock absorbers, 1 x Set of Solid steering rack mounts, and the vehicle’s suspension built using poly bushes throughout.
  • *Full Roll Cage by Custom Cages from T45 Material-*Option
  • 1 x Monza Fuel Filler Cap available for N/S or O/S charging.
  • 1 x Battery cut off switch
  • 2 x 3 Buckle harness seat belts and lightweight racing seats.
  • 1 x Set of a Period set of cockpit dials.
  • 1 x Set of D Type styled wheels with 3 eared spinners and Dunlop SP Tyres.
  • Fully Road Tested with a UK – DVLA – IVA Pass Certificate
  • Lanes Cars Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever comes first.

For further details of our built to order handcrafted aluminium EV Lightweight and Low-drag Recreations or to arrange a factory tour please contact Martin Lane.

” Handbuilt cars built with soul”

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Lanes Cars have been rebuilding & restoring Jaguars E Types since 1993 & can offer clients a choice of Replica Aluminium bodies for Lanes Historic Super Sport, Low Drag Coupe, or Lightweight E Types built to your choice of specification. 

We offer all our potential clients the opportunity to visit us by appointment to discuss the preparation program of  our hand-built Replica Le Mans-winning heritage race cars for fast road use, as well as being able to offer a wide choice of proven upgrades to further enhance your enjoyment of driving a tribute to British designed world-beating Jaguar cars of the 1950s & ’60s

Why is an Aluminium Car Body Considered to be Art in Motion?

To claim that things have changed during the last century would be an understatement with mass-production techniques in the manufacturing of cars bodyshells, such as those employed and popularised by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, today Japan leads the way with Nissan Motors being the most productive vehicle manufacturer building a new car in an average of 28.46 labour hours per vehicle, followed by Toyota 29.4 hours & Honda Motor Company 32.51 hours.

The craft of coach-building is as old as the coach itself, and in an automotive context, the term describes the production of a vehicle body by a specialist coach-builder.

By the late 1920s, vehicle design had begun to feature pronounced curves and more complex panels, influenced by and associated with the art-deco style. It was this period that saw the creation of what many regard as the most extravagant and beautiful cars ever made.

However, the labour-intensive process of coach-building was not mutually compatible with the economies of scale yielded by mass production, and the art form soon faded to the point of obscurity as car manufactures automated their mass production jelly mould vehicles of today.

Today several decades later, and coach-building craftsmen – some of who are from second and third-generation coach-building families – hone their skills either on restoring rusty classics to return them to their former glory or recreating from scratch such exotics as early Alfa Romeos, Audi, Bentley, Ferraris, Jaguars, Mercedes Benz & Rolls Royce. With amazing results and all achieved with equipment that is considered primitive in today’s world and is very labour intensive.

In essence, coach building involves the complete crafting of a vehicle’s body — floor-pan, firewall(s), roof, and exterior panels. While all of these require time, skill, and the right tooling to complete, it is the creation of exterior panels around body bucks that are most associated with the art.

 The key tools that coach-builders need and use in their craft are:

  • Wooden Buck to follow a shape & to help correctly fit the aluminium panels before welding everything together.
  • English Wheel is required for compound curves in the repair and manufacture of automotive panels, and require highly skilled labour, to produce different panels required using the same machine.
  • Bead Roller is one of the most important tools in a coachbuilder’s arsenal, allowing for beads or swages to be worked into metal sheets or tubes. A bead roller makes it easy to strengthen sheet-metal parts & work a bead into tube-ends.
  • Shrinker Stretcher operates so as to negate the need for more labour-intensive processes, including relief cuts, heating, and hammer shaping. This allows adding a gentle radius to a metal panel by either shrinking or stretching.
  • Planishing Hammer has a relatively small head with a large contact surface flat, and smooth in profile. Used in conjunction with an array of dollies — which must be chosen to best suit the curvature of the panel being finished — the planishing hammer is an important tool in achieving a smooth surface finish on a panel.
  • Brazing in contrast to standard welding procedures, brazing is used when metal is overlapped or parts need to be joined at as low a temperature as possible.

All these time-honoured served techniques all car manufacturers would have used including Jaguar Cars in the 1950s & 60s are employed in creating these individually handcrafted aluminium E Type, XKSS, Lightweight & Low-drag.


Historically Important Jaguar E Types Rebuilt by Lanes Cars