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1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1

Templating the Race Car windows

Tamas is busy templating the side windows of our 1967 Jaguar E_Type race car. Being a race car recreation the windows will be manufactured in perspex rather than the traditional glass to give the look and feel of a race car. The front side windows will also have a large slide opening for ventilation with the rest of the screens being fixed into position with no opening mechanism. The template will be slightly larger that the original glass windows as it is our intention not to fit the bright-work trims that you would ordinarily find around the edge.

Jaguar E-Type – Welcome to the world’s first…

Introducing the world’s first Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey Jaguar E-Type.

This one-off prototype race car has been built and designed in-house by us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The colour is based on the McLaren Volcano Orange and is built up of a three-stage finish with a unique Diamondburst Tixo Clearcoat lacquer. The internal area and engine bay is finished in Ford’s Magnetic Grey.

Painting our Jaguar E-Type Race Car

Looking through the oven window as Darren carries out the long awaited but ridiculously exciting race car respray.

Work began on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type race car in January 2017 and now we can finally reveal the first look of our incredible colour combination; Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey, most likely to be the only Jaguar E-Type in existence using this colour combination. A three colour combination makes up the Volcano Orange, we were first inspired by the colour on a McLaren parked up in a car park at Sandown Racecourse.

See story here…

1967 Jaguar Race Car – Paint Time

This is it, the final time you will see our 1967 Race E-Type free from colour. Tomorrow she’ll be painted in the brand new colour combination of Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey.

Jaguar E-Type Race Car – Raptor

The Volcano Orange engine frames are now fitted into position, complimenting the Magnetic Grey engine bay perfectly.

The Magnetic Grey underside is also in colour and complete. We have applied a layer of Raptor to the underneath for extra protection. Raptor Tough and Tintable Protective Coating is a durable urethane coating that provides surfaces with a protective barrier that can withstand the toughest situations.

Developed to tolerate most climatic conditions, Raptor is U.V. resistant and won’t fade or “chalk” even after years in the sun. Raptor is also water resistant and helps to protect surfaces from rust, making it perfect for surfaces that are frequently exposed to water, including salt water.

Raptor’s versatility makes it perfect for almost any application. Spray or roll Raptor on high traffic areas; it’s scratch and stain resistant and easy to clean, simply hose it off. Its flexible formulation can handle impacts without cracking, making it perfect for its most popular application as a truck bed liner.

Raptor is unlike other bed liners or protective coatings. It’s less expensive and faster than powder coating. And in case it does scratch (which is tough to do!), Raptor can easily be repaired. You can’t do that with most of the other bed liners and protective coatings!

Raptor protects the roughest industrial surfaces as well as the smaller surfaces we rely on every day. It’s durable, looks great and it lasts a long time.

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Colour process begins on our Jaguar E-Type Race Recreation

Since 2017 we have been revisiting the preparation of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type project car.

It started with an idea between Gordon and Craig, to create a project car that not only highlights what we do here at Bridge Classic Cars but is also a fantastic tool we could use to give back to the community around us. Our intention was and still is to work alongside local charities who do amazing work and help them in whatever way we can.

Many designs have been drawn up, many colours have been tried and tested and last week we were able to take the project a huge step forward by applying our new colour combination.

We are pleased to reveal our one-off design, our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Race recreation will be finished in the outrageously beautiful colour combination of Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey.

The inside of our body shell and the underside of our bonnet and engine area will be finished in Magnetic Grey, similar to what you find on modern Fords. The seamless and chrome-less exterior will proudly show the bespoke three colour Volcano Orange system, similarly found on the McLaren.

The three colour Volcano Orange system consists of a ground coat (almost pink) metallic finish which we then apply a bespoke Volcano Orange dye to over the top. Once applied, we then coat in our very unique Diamondburst Tixo Clearcoat which is essentially a glass lacquer to create even more sparkle in direct sunlight.

Diamondburst Tixo Clearcoat is an acrylic clear coat with diamond effect for multi-coat systems. Diamondburst has been formulated with special transparent pigments producing a highly sparkling effect in direct sunlight or artificial light.

Stripping our E-Type rear cradle

Pete has got to work stripping our Jaguar E-Type rear cradle.

Our previous rebuilt cradle that was due to be fitted to our race car was passed on to a new project so we acquired a replacement and have to work on this one now.

Being fortunate enough to work on many many E-Types means we have a large collection of spares and very good experience on rebuilding these units. Both useful in order to keep the cost down.

Jaguar E-Type Race Car Ready For Paint

The time has come for us to wave goodbye to the white primer finish we have seen for so long on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Car. Next week we will be putting our body shell through the paint shop ready for the new finish that we have been trialling and testing for some time.

We can not wait to see it now and with our Classic & Sports Car & Bike Show just around the corner, we can’t wait to reveal the new colour.

Building up some E-Type Back Axles

Building up a couple of Jaguar E-Type rear set ups at the same time this week. First up, we have our E-Type race car back axle.

Secondly we have our up rated back axle with adjustable shocks, all new bushes and bearings.

1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1: lined up for the paint shop

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1 will soon be rolled into the paint shop for the new colour transformation.

Colours have now been chosen, samples have been generated and we are happy to proceed with a bit more shaping and preparation before we can apply the top coat.

We estimate a week’s work left in preparation before paint.

Experimenting with colours…

This is a unique 3 stage colour we are testing and trialling. Most notably seen on the new McClaren, it is known as Volcano Orange and consists of a silver base coat followed by a top coat orange applied in varying levels.

Below, from left to right we have 2 coats, 3 coats, 4 coats and finally 5 coats. As you can see, the more coats applied, the deeper and more red the colour becomes.

We are also looking to experiment with a new glass beaded lacquer which is applied at the final stage to give an intense glass effect to the finished product.

Once the colour has been chosen, will will test it against the Magnetic Grey which is part of the desired two tone finish we are looking for.

Our Jaguar E-Type primed and ready for paint

Colours have been chosen, designs have been finalised and Monday 4th February 2019 is the day we’ll see our 1967 Jaguar E-Type racing car enter the preparation room ready for paint.

This is a very exciting project for us being our own car for us all to drive and enjoy. bring on the summer!!

Jaguar E-Type Parts Ready For Blasting

We are now starting to prepare our racing E-Type running gear ready to put her back on her wheels.

Pete and Gordon are currently on their way to Stuart and the guys at Agriblast in Stanton to collect various parts as well as deliver our racing E-Type parts for blasting.

Our E-Type Racing car is now in primer…

We are now very close to our amazing 1967 Jaguar E-Type racing project being ready for the full respray colour change. The exact colour has now been chosen but will be kept under wraps for the big reveal.

The body preparation, to this stage, has been carried out by the guys at Simon Morris in Ipswich. We have agreed to take back control once the car is ready for paint for our own paint shop to carry out the respray.

Stunning McLaren at Sandown Racecourse

Having set up for tomorrow’s Summer Classic Car at Sandown Racecourse we were just leaving the site to head to the hotel when we come across this stunning Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C.

Such a stunning colour and has given us some great ideas for future projects.

Source: Wikipedia

The McLaren MP4-12C, later known simply as the McLaren 12C, is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. It is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1, which ended production in 1998. The car’s final design was unveiled in September 2009, and was launched in mid-2011.

The MP4-12C features a carbon fibre composite chassis, and is powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8, twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 hp (441 kW; 600 PS) and around 443 lb⋅ft (601 N⋅m) of torque. The car makes use of Formula 1-sourced technologies such as “brake steer”, where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce under steer. Power is transmitted to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

A convertible version of the car called the MP4-12C Spider, renamed the 12C Spider in 2012, is also available. In February 2014, McLaren announced the related 650S, with revised bodywork, upgraded engine and other technical improvements. In April 2014, McLaren announced the end of production of the 12C


McLaren started developing the car in 2007 and secretly purchased a Ferrari 360 to use as a test mule. The mule called MV1 was used to test the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The car also featured side vents for additional cooling which were later incorporated in the final production model. Later in the year, the company purchased an Ultima GTR to test the braking system and suspension components, that mule was called the MV2. The space frame and body of that car were modified in order to accommodate the new components. Later another prototype was purchased which was another Ferrari 360 dubbed the MV3 which was used to test the exhaust system. McLaren then built two prototypes themselves called CP1 and CP2 incorporating the Carbon Monocell monocoque which were used for testing the heat management system and performance. The final car was unveiled to the public on 9 September 2009 before the company’s launch in 2010.


In 2008, McLaren hired Frank Stephenson as design director for their reborn production car project.

As with the McLaren F1, carbon fibre is used extensively in the vehicle to minimise weight. The MP4-12C weighs 1,301 kg (2,868 lb) dry.

The chassis is based around a F1 style one-piece carbon fibre tub, called the Carbon MonoCell, weighing only 80 kg (176 lb). The MonoCell is made in a single pressing by using a set of patented processes, using Bi-Axial and Tri-Axial carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics produced by Formax UK Ltd. with the MonoCell manufactured by Carbo Tech in Salzburg, Austria. This has reduced the time required to produce a MonoCell from 3,000 hours for the F1 and 500 hours for the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, to 4 hours for the MP4-12C.

The car has a conventional two side-by-side seating arrangement, unlike its predecessor the McLaren F1 which featured an irregular three seat formation (front centre, two behind either side). To make up for this however, the car’s central console is narrower than in other cars, seating the driver closer to the centre. Interior trim and materials can be specified in asymmetric configuration – known as “Driver Zone”.


The car is powered by the M838T 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, designed and developed by McLaren, Ilmor and Ricardo. The design of the engine was based on a racing engine which was designed and developed by Tom Walkinshaw Racing for the IRL Indy Car Championship but never raced. However, other than the 93 mm bore, little of that engine remains in the M838T. It produces 592 bhp (441 kW; 600 PS) and 443 lb⋅ft (601 N⋅m) of torque. It has a redline of 8,500 rpm, with 80% of torque available at just 2,000 rpm. When first announced, McLaren claimed that it would have a higher horsepower to carbon dioxide emission ratio than any internal-combustion engine available at the time.

McLaren announced a small number of improvements to become available in October 2012, with the option to be retrofitted to existing cars free of charge. The engine now produces 616 bhp (459 kW; 625 PS) and no change to the CO2 emissions which remain at 279 g/km. This power output has also become standard on the 2013 model.

The M838T engine is manufactured for McLaren at the Ricardo Shoreham Technical Centre in West Sussex.


The engine is connected to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox made by Graziano Oerlikon. Dubbed the “Seamless Shift Gearbox” or SSG, the gearbox features a system dubbed “Pre-Cog” that allows the driver to preselect the next gear by lightly tapping the paddle.

Performance posted a YouTube video of a stock McLaren 12C accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 6.0 seconds. also recorded a quarter mile time for the McLaren 12C of 10.27 seconds at 218 km/h (135 mph), the 3rd fastest verified time for a stock production car at the time. The manufacturer has a claimed top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h) but a top speed of 346.6 km/h (215 mph) was achieved in the MP4-12C Spider, which is 3 mph “slower” than the coupe. The Coupe (in reality) can do 218.61 mph (352 km/h). It can brake from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a complete stop in under 5 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h (62 mph) to zero can be done in under 30 metres (98 ft), around seven car lengths.

2011 McLaren MP4-12C has a power to weight ratio of 2.39 kg (5.27 lb) per horsepower.

2013 McLaren 12C has a power to weight ratio of 2.29 kg (5.05 lb) per horsepower.

Refurbishing the rear suspension of our racing E-Type

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Andy has been busy stripping back the rear suspension components. He’s blasted each individual unit and prepared ready for paint.

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