Faruk Kugay is one talented chap, as is evident when you look at this build that he created for SEMA 2k23. The professional drift racer and car builder works out of his DevSpeed Motorsports outfit. Luckily, the man has great contacts and so he managed to get support for the project from Japanese oil giant, ENEOS. There were three cars at the show with ENEOS backing, but this restomod is the one that we’d chuck out money at without a second thought. The ENEOS livery on the car is a nod to the Japanese patron, and it suits the end product perfectly. Restomods are one of our favourite kinds of builds, there’s not much as cool as seeing an iconic classic car that’s been updated with modern components and materials to bring it into the future and adding in safety that old cars lack, but all the while still retaining enough of the project base to keep the car as instantly recognisable as a fully restored version. In this case, the story starts with a 1969 Jaguar XKE 2+2, which was quite the car back when bell bottoms were the order of the day. In OEM form, these sleek Jaguars were fitted with a normally aspirated inline six with a capacity of 4.2-litres and they were rated at a decent 181 kW with 275 Nm of torque. Back then the car was capable of a top speed in excess of 240 km/h. That’s decent even by today’s standards. Of course, this is a restomod, and the mod side of that phrase alludes to modifications, which in this case comes in the form of a motor swap.
Take a look at the YouTube video from Faruk Kugay, the ridiculously talented man who was tasked with this amazing build with help from Japan's largest oil company, ENEOS. We just love that he took a sought-after classic 1969 XKE 2+2 E-Type Jaguar and fitted in one of the most iconic Japanese performance engines with zero regard for purist rage: 2023 SEMA Show ENEOS Jaguar E-Type Build - Episode 1 | Faruk Kugay
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