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LOW DRAG JAGUAR E-TYPE BY MARCO DIEZ

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There can be little doubt that the Low Drag Jaguar E-Type is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, if not the most beautiful outright.

Enzo Ferrari was once quoted as saying that the E-Type was the most beautiful car in the world, and every sensible list of the best cars of the 20th century includes an E-Type, typically up near the top.

THE LOW DRAG JAGUAR E-TYPE – 49FXN

The Low Drag Jaguar E-Type you see here is the result of an 8 year long international project by Marco Diez to create a modern Low Drag based closely on the original car from 1963 known as “49FXN” after its license plate number.

49FXN is one of the most famous Jaguars in history and thankfully, it’s been racing for 50+ years since its introduction. The development of the Low Drag body style was honed using the M1 Motorway in England as an impromptu wind tunnel – small woolen threads were attached the cars exterior and engineers in the chase car could observe the movement of the threads to determine the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.

Using this “M1 Wind Tunnel” they developed a roofline that was flatter with a higher and wider rear, this helped to both reduce drag and reduce lift.

From nose to tail the body was developed to be as slippery as possible for high speed runs down the Mulsanne Straight, an unindented side effect of this new aerodynamic body was the fact that it ended up being an aesthetically appealing design.

THE MARCO DIEZ LOW DRAG JAGUAR E-TYPE – OWL226

The Low Drag you see here was unveiled at the 2019 running of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, by its builder Marco Diez.

Diez managed a herculean international effort to build a 21st century Low Drag E-Type with all the visual cues and capabilities of the original, combined with luxurious leather GT interior designed for regular road use.

S​ee the full article on Silodrome.com here

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