The E-Type 'Beast' that took on club racing's greats
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The E-Type 'Beast' that took on club racing's greats

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Thousands of Jaguar E-Types were produced over the years, but 60 years on from its birth, none can quite match the mighty machine that was campaigned with great success in club racing by Malcolm Hamilton

Ever since Graham Hill gave the brand-new Jaguar E-type a debut win at Oulton Park in April 1961, people have raced E-types. But none of them can match the fastest and most way-out of all: the 7.3-litre monster developed and raced by Malcolm Hamilton and affectionately known as ‘The Beast’

Hamilton’s car was the device that set the standard in the once highly competitive Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Championship. In its ultimate specification it ran a 7300cc Jaguar V12 pushing out around 700bhp and weighing in at 1275kg. It could do 0-150mph in around eight seconds and was clocked on an airfield at 185mph. The diff exploded on a second run when Hamilton reckoned it would have hit 200mph.

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