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Monday, August 5, 2019

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

Several years ago, the Jaguar Classic had ever introduced 9 units of Jaguar XKSS continuation series to complement the original 25 units. Yes as we all knew, Jaguar only made 16 cars in the late 1950s, then 9 other units were destroyed in a fire at the Browns Lane factory.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar inspired by unsuccessfully Jaguar XJ13 racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KeA9mx)
Then there's another Jaguar car model that has also sad story, the Jaguar XJ13 which was made in the mid-1960s. This is the Jaguar's only racing car that really didn't get the chance to compete because of the changes in homologation rules at the time.

Yes, these plump racing car used the V12 engine was supposed to compete in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race event, but the project was eventually canceled. Until 1971, and the only Jaguar XJ13 was built then sent to the MIRA track in the United States to take part in a promotional film for the Jaguar E-Type Series 3, but unfortunately the car had an accident.
Ecurie Ecosse LM69 retro-styled supercar made of composite materials for the body to make it lighter than the original XJ13. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KeA9mx)
Then the Jaguar's first front-engined racing car was fully restored several years after the accident, although those British auto company said that the restoration model didn't have the exact similar specifications as the original car.

And on this year, there is a Scottish company called Ecurie Ecosse intending to revive the  authentic spirit of Jaguar XJ13 by displaying a retro-style supercar inspired by the 1960s Jaguar racing car models.
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: http://bit.ly/2KeA9mx)
The initial idea behind of the LM69 car making was to make a racing car that could really compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in 1969, if the Ecurie Ecosse had an opportunity to build its own racing car at the time.

Despite the initial idea as a racing car, this handmade LM69 model is actually a street-legal car - at least it can be used in the UK - and will be produced in a limited numbers, ie 25 units only.

The LM69 car figure as reimagines of a supercar in the late 1960s, and Ecurie Ecosse said that the making of this car was in accordance with the existing FIA homologation regulations in that time, with everything under the LM69 skin also displaying various technologies available in the late 60s.
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: http://bit.ly/2YFwQwt)
From its shape, it is definitely not an exact replica of the Jaguar XJ13, because it has a fixed roof, rear wing, and winglets to boost aerodynamic factor, along with wider rims and tires. Furthermore, the car is made from a composite material that is applied to the body so that makes the LM69 lighter than the original car.

Just like its inspiration source, the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 uses a quad-cam 5.0 liters V12 engine, but those engine installed in the middle of the car body. Till this day the car's detailed specifications haven't been revealed yet. And the Scottish company only said the possibility to make their own bored and stroked 7.3 liters engine for these car.
The LM69 will be officially launched at the International Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, London on 6-8 September 2019. And its price figures for these retro supercar haven't been revealed yet, but it's believed will drain deep enough the pocket of those who want to have this car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ECURIE ECOSSE | ZIGWHEELS | MOTOR1]
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