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Monday, August 5, 2019

Will the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar able to reap its own success story?

Resurrected Beast - In the realm of automotive history, certain cars evoke not just nostalgia but a sense of longing for what could have been. One such iconic vehicle is the Jaguar XJ13, a racing car born in the mid-1960s with dreams of conquering the 24-Hours of Le Mans endurance race. However, fate had other plans, and the XJ13 never had the chance to compete due to regulatory changes.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar inspired by unsuccessfully Jaguar XJ13 racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: ZigWheels)
Jaguar, known for its timeless elegance and performance, also had a brush with tragedy in its history. The Jaguar XJ13, powered by a V12 engine, was poised to be a legend on the tracks but ended up as a casualty of evolving homologation rules. Despite a brief appearance in a promotional film, the XJ13 met an untimely end on the MIRA track in the United States.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar made of composite materials for the body to make it lighter than the original XJ13. (Picture from: ZigWheels)
Fast forward to 2019
, where a Scottish company named Ecurie Ecosse seeks to resurrect the spirit of the XJ13 through a project called LM69. This endeavor aims to create a retro-style supercar inspired by the golden era of 1960s Jaguar racing cars, specifically envisioning what could have been if the XJ13 had raced at Le Mans in 1969.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar used the same engine of the Jaguar XJ13, ie a quad-cam 5.0 liters V12 engine. (Picture from: ZigWheels)
The LM69 is not just a tribute; it's a meticulous reimagining of a bygone era. While it takes cues from the XJ13, it is not an exact replica. The LM69 features modern enhancements such as a fixed roof, rear wing, and aerodynamic winglets. These additions, along with wider rims and tires, contribute to its street-legal status in the UK and enhanced performance capabilities.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar has many differences with the Jag XJ13, such as a wider wheels and tires beside composite materials using for the body. (Picture from: Motor1)
Underneath its composite material body lies a quad-cam 5.0-liter V12 engine, positioned in the middle for optimal balance and handling. While specifics about the engine remain a mystery, Ecurie Ecosse hints at the possibility of a bespoke 7.3-liter engine, showcasing their dedication to blending heritage with innovation.
The unveiling of the LM69 at the International Concours of Elegance in 2019 was a testament to the timeless allure of Jaguar's racing legacy. Although pricing details remain undisclosed, it's clear that owning a piece of automotive history and innovation will require a substantial investment.
In a world where the past and present collide, the LM69 stands as a bridge between nostalgia and modernity, offering enthusiasts a chance to experience the untold chapter of Jaguar's racing saga. As automotive technology evolves, the spirit of classic racing cars like the XJ13 lives on, ensuring that their legacy remains immortalized on both the track and the streets. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ECURIE ECOSSE | ZIGWHEELS | MOTOR1]
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