In this world of continuous reimaginings and restomods, this ‘Unleashed’ E-type ain’t no EV and stands out of the crowd with its fuel-injected 400bhp 6.1-litre V12…
E-Type UK has called it their ‘Unleashed’ which in short is a sub-brand dedicated to reinventing the E-type while giving it modern performance and some much-needed creature comforts. This big cat is ‘re’ everything… fully restored, re-engineered and a thoroughly reimagined example with a plethora of enhancements to the car’s drivetrain, body and interior.
A bonnet long enough to be continued deserves a power unit strong enough to propel it. The V12 in question is a seriously enhanced engine with each of its 12 cylinders re-bored to increase the engine’s capacity by 800cc, taking it from 5.3 litres to 6.1 litres, with a new 12-branch ceramic-coated stainless-steel sports exhaust ensuring Unleashed’s thunderous performance is well, unleashed.
That’s not all either… the company has pioneered a new bespoke side-draft electronic fuel injection that ensures power is boosted to 400bhp to provide a prodigious thrust at full throttle, transmitted to the rear wheels via a new 5-speed gearbox and ultra-light flywheel.
Rest assured the braking system has also been given the full works too with 4-piston brakes with grooved vented discs and braided brake lines, providing supreme feedback and performance through the brake pedal.
Described by its creators as a ‘rolling piece of art’, the tenacious exterior of the ‘Unleashed’ has been subtly finessed to create a sleeker, more flowing profile whilst retaining the unmistakable outline of the original Series 3 E-Type.
The front section is led by a custom-made wrap-around chrome bumper which is simplified in its design to provide a smoother aesthetic. Both the front grille and badge are custom-designed units, now providing a ‘floating’ effect to simplify and modernise the look. The rear of the car is adorned with a handcrafted single-piece chrome bumper.
In the spirit of enhancing the car’s character, rather than detracting from it, Unleashed retains the E-type’s famous wire wheel alloys, though with an increased size of 16” to allow for the housing of the competition brakes. As a result, Unleashed boasts a lower and wider stance.
The prominent bonnet design of the Series 3 E-type remains and is now complemented by extended louvres to allow for improved engine cooling. LED optical headlamps with daylight running function greatly advance the all-round usability of the car – as well as providing a unique visual signature – with visibility both inside and outside the car in low light improved significantly.
A totally bespoke cabin, adorned with subtle modern touches forms a truly elegant environment that answers all the needs of the modern driver. Custom-made leather seats, hand-stitched using the finest quality leather, ensure driver and passenger comfort no matter the journey. Each seat is fitted with heating elements, meaning winter drives are just as enjoyable as any in summer.
A piano black dashboard fascia parallels the aluminium centre console, housing many vehicle controls. The driver is greeted with gauges embellished with chrome, illuminated by LEDs.
Additional driver conveniences include remote central locking, engine start button, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, surround-sound speakers heated front windscreen and full air-conditioning system.
What does it all cost?
Each example is handcrafted and restored, taking around 4,000 hours to complete, so as you’d expect, the Unleashed doesn’t come cheap with prices from £325,000 plus the cost of a suitable Series 3 E-type donor car.
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