There’s a certain crowd of enthusiast that’ll decry sacrilege should you dare modify a classic, especially a Jaguar E-Type, but this 2JZ-powered 740bhp reworking of the British sports car is a sin to pay penance for.
Japanese petrol giant Eneos (not to be confused with Ineos, the other chemical company and Grenadier builders) is bringing a trio of cars along to the SEMA show this week, with this E-Type headlining the act.
In all honesty, it’s barely an E-Type at this point. Based on a 1969 example of the car, the Jag’s transplanted 2JZ-GTE is said to have been directly ripped from a Supra before undergoing some serious work. Key changes to the 3.0-litre twin-turbo unit include CP-Carillo pistons and conrods, along with a new head casting courtesy of Deatschwerks Injectors plus a Nuke Performance fuel system. Oh, and a fairly meaty BorgWarner turbocharger.
Naturally, the increased power required bigger tyres - namely a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS - in turn requiring wider wheel arches. Inspired by the E-Type Lightweight’s blistered arches, a set of 3D-printed replacements were fitted to the original bodywork to complete the mad look.
In a bid to try and outdo itself, Eneos will also bring along a Nissan 350Z with not one, but two Honda K24 engines. Performance details on that care are rather hushed, but a figure close to the E-Type’s is surely on the cards.
Rounding out its 2023 display is a Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up created by merging the chassis of a 1997 FZJ80 Land Cruiser with the bed of a 2009 HZJ79.