ENEOS JAGUAR E-TYPE 2JZ
Stealing the spotlight within the ENEOS exhibit is a 1969 Jaguar XKE 2+2. In commemorating 75 years of the manufacturer’s sports car legacy, this specimen has undergone a remarkable transformation, embracing a modified version of the Toyota 2JZ-GTE inline-6 24v 3.0L engine, directly transplanted from the Supra.
Crafted by the skilled hands of professional drift racer and automotive artisan Faruk Kugay at DevSpeed Motorsports, this E-Type marks the third installment in a series of automotive masterpieces that fuse Europe’s finest vehicles with Japan’s engineering prowess. Prior projects include an E30 BMW with a F20C Honda 2.0L engine swap in 2021 and a 997.1 Porsche 911 GT3 with a Subaru Impreza STI EJ25 engine from the previous year.
The Jaguar conversion perfectly aligns with the Frankenstein motif of past creations, elevating it with an infusion of contemporary technology to modernize the classic British sports car. In a tribute to its Japanese roots, the Supra’s 2JZ-GTE engine choice is symbolic, as ENEOS has been a steadfast supplier of factory-fill lubricants to a significant portion of Japan’s automotive industry for decades.
To meet the demands of the endeavor, a standard 2JZ wouldn’t suffice. Leveraging his Formula DRIFT expertise, Kugay incorporated several critical components into the mix, including a newly cast factory head with Deatschwerks Injectors, and a comprehensive Nuke Performance fuel system. Internally, the engine received reinforcements with CP-Carillo pistons and rods, all to be expertly lubricated by ENEOS Racing Street 0W-50 oil. The setup paves the way for the Borg Warner EFR 8474 turbocharger and Vibrant Performance Intercooler. With a Link G4 Fury ECU providing the ignition, Kugay anticipates the engine will deliver an impressive 750hp following the final dyno tuning.
Envisioned as a street and track hot rod, Kugay sought counsel from Charlie’s Customs in England. They executed a similar conversion and recommended integrating the E60 BMW rear subframe, suspension, and differential. Although not a straightforward retrofit, this solution addressed numerous conversion challenges and ensures power is effectively transferred to the road via an E36 BMW M3 ZF five-speed manual transmission.
Given the substantial power increase over the original 4.2L straight-six engine, the Jaguar required a more substantial footprint. While the extended wheelbase of the 2+2 variant facilitated the engine transplant, the XKE’s slender flanks wouldn’t accommodate the necessary rubber. Drawing inspiration from the Jaguar factory’s Lightweight racer, fender flares were designed based on a 3D scan conducted by Adam Bao at Illumasthetic. Once the proportions were verified, his team 3D-printed the new fender extensions. These components were then entrusted to the skilled craftsmen at Vinny’s Autobody in Sonoma, CA, where Ken Heilmann applied carbon fiber for added rigidity. The finishing touches, including bodywork prep, were masterfully handled by Matt Thorsson and Jason Mohon before the capable hands of Vinny Thorsson applied the paint.
With this transformation, the vehicle was equipped with 17″ Rotiform STL wheels, crafted in a custom two-piece configuration to attain the desired width and offset, reminiscent of the original E-Type Lightweight wheels. The final touch was the installation of high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS tires, ensuring the Jaguar’s adaptability to both road and track environments.
The construction of this masterpiece was carried out by DevSpeed Motorsports, situated at Sonoma Raceway, with a dedicated team that included Faruk Kugay, Victor Freire, Jose Varguez, Alexander Forsythe, Luke Wright, Sean McLean, Josh Sher, Seth Lewis, and Dustin Volkmuth. John Sharp at Landmark Grafix masterfully applied the striking livery.
DevSpeed / ENEOS 1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 2JZ-GTE
Builder: Faruk Kugay, DevSpeed Motorsports, @faruk.kugay
Toyota 2JZ-GTE inline-6 24-valve DOHC 3.0-liter with new USDM head casting, Deatschwerks Injectors, CP 10:1 pistons, Carrillo connecting rods, King Engine Bearings, Borg Warner EFR 8474 turbocharger, ENEOS Racing Street 0W-50 motor oil, Vibrant Performance Intercooler, Nuke Performance fuel rail, pressure regulator, fuel lines, fittings and Lightcell fuel cell, Driftmotion throttle body, Link G4 Fury ECU, Wiring Specialties wiring harness
E36 BMW M3 ZF five-speed manual transmission with ENEOS ECO ATF Plus low-viscosity fluid, E60 BMW 535i differential with ENEOS Gear Oil LSD 75W-90
Silver’s coilovers, DevSpeed roll-cage, E60 BMW 535i rear subframe assembly, custom front suspension
2003 Corvette front brakes, 2010 BMW 535i rears
Wheels & Tires:
17×8.5” front, 17×10” rear Rotiform STL custom two-piece wheels, 225/45 R17 front and 255/40 R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS tires
custom Illumasthetic 3D-printed widebody, prepared and painted by Vinny’s Autobody
Tillett seats, OMP steering wheel, Schroth harnesses, OBP pedal box and foot panels
Thanks / Sponsors:
ENEOS, DevSpeed Motorsports, BorgWarner, Bridgestone Tire, Deatschwerks, Illumasthetic, Landmark Grafix, Nuke Performance, Rotiform, Tillett Seats