Jaguar E1A 

  • built in England
  • 1957
  • 120 HP 2.5L
  • 130 mph
Their hope was to have a competitive package available in 1959, but Sir William Lyons wanted to ensure superiority over all the competitors before Jaguar officially re-entered racing.1 E1A was primarily conceived under the direction of Bill Heynes and envisioned by Malcom Sayer who did preliminary calculations and drawings from models.
The design wasn't too dissimilar from the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante which inspired Malcom Sayer in a good way.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Jaguar E1A

Top speed

Jaguar E1A
130 mph
Agera R
260 mph
253 mph

1/4 mile

Jaguar E1A
16.9 s
Agera R
10.1 s
10.2 s

Data points Key details of the Jaguar E1A

Number built

Jaguar E1A
3 cars
300 cars
4 cars


Jaguar E1A
120 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
987 HP

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Jaguar E1A
Devoid of headlights it was built using proven race car engineering which included an aluminum monocoque and a shape that paid close attention to aerodynamics.
Almost a year after the project began, E1A was tested by Peter Jennings of The Motor in May of 1958.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Jaguar
Type of car Concept car
Year 1957
Number built 3 cars


Chief designer Malcom Sayer, Bob Knight


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 381/? 127
Rear wheels 381/? 127

road tests

Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile 16.9 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 14.93 lb/hp
Maximum hp 120 HP @ 5,750 RPM
Maximum torque 142 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,483 cc
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.27 in / 3.01 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,792 lb
Width 63 in
Length 170.1 in
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