Where did Jaguar source components in period? Although Jaguar were able to raid their “parts bin” for some components of their XJ13 Le Mans Prototype, most of the car’s major items were custom-made. “Off-the-Shelf” components used in period included things such as Lightweight E-Type (LWE) front suspension & steering rack (albeit modified), instruments, lighting and front wheels (as also used on the rears of LWE racers). However, major components used for the car’s rear wheels, drivetrain, power-unit, braking systems and rear suspension had to be custom made in period.
Hang on - I thought the late Norman Dewis was the XJ13's test driver? Noooo .... a common misconception but, in truth, the legendary Mr Dewis did not participate in all the tests. Contrary to popular belief, there were no "unofficial" tests and the car was driven at all of its outings during active development by David Hobbs.
In 2015 my first car was approaching its "rolling chassis" stage - mirroring events of 50 years earlier in Jaguar's Competition Department. It was then 1965 and William Heynes, Jaguar's Engineering Director still had hopes of seeing the car on track to contest that year's Le Mans endurance race. Time was short but the skilled team working behind closed doors were used to working to such tight deadlines ...
21st May 2016 marked the Centenary of the birth of one of this country's greatest design geniuses - Malcolm Sayer
Digital Art -25 December 2022
A first foray into the world of digital art and the world of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).
E-TYPE RE-IMAGINED 6.8-litre tera quad-cam V12 - inspired by the Lowdrag Jaguar E-Type. This car has now left us en-route for its new owner in Cape Town, South Africa. Now taking orders for this or similar cars. www.BuildingTheLegend.co.uk
Our XJ13 & E-Type Resto-Mod in convoy on way to Monaco Yacht Show. Loved the sound of our tera V12s in those tunnels!
NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2022 What a summer it has been for Building the Legend!
Salon Prive 2022 - Blenheim Palace UK
Born to race -19 August 2022
A Building The Legend re-creation of the 1966 Jaguar XJ13. Shown here at the Honourable Artillery Company London Concours held earlier this summer. The quad-cam engine powering this car is the actual very first V12 ever to run at Jaguar. First heard in Coventry at a time when Jaguar still held hopes of a return to Le Mans with Malcolm Sayer's beautiful XJ13 https://www.buildingthelegend.co.uk/1966-le-mans-ford-vs... This engine was the inspiration for our very own and very exclusive tera quad-cam V12