Today’s design is a Jaguar E-Type, a semi-lightweight competition spec car.

Jaguar developed the 12 original Lightweight cars in an effort to compete with Ferrari’s 250 racing models in the mid 60s, with a lot of aluminium in its construction – and more powerful engines. They were primarily customer cars, rather than factory team cars like the earlier C and D types, and were successful in shorter races, rather than endurance epics like Le Mans. Most remained open-top (using hard-tops, like the car in this image), but a couple were rebodied in low-drag coupe forms.

Since the 60s many competition E-types have been developed using features from the factory lightweights – such as the aluminium panels and engine, lightened interiors and bigger carbs and fuel injection, these are generally referred to as ‘semi-lightweights.’

This car is one I saw on a demonstration run on a small track – and was able to sketch it. Unlike the road-cars, competition Es are muscular looking, which I think is a vast improvement. In the picture, the car is braking heavily for a corner, pitching forward on its softish suspension, and lifting at the rear, over the big tyres generally fitted to these cars.

The image is available as various kinds of print, or on clothing, stickers and many other items on Redbubble here.