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Ecurie Ecosse LM69 (2019): reinterpretation of the Jaguar XJ13

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Ecurie Ecosse LM69 (2019)
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M sometimes the most beautiful stories begin with a' What would have been if ...? ”So this one too. What if Jaguar had actually put the XJ13 to the start at Le Mans? What if the British - as planned - had faced the seemingly overwhelming competition from Shelby-Ford, Ferrari and Porsche in the late 1960s? What if the stingy managers of British Motor Holdings, which Jaguar was then part of, had had more enthusiasm for motorsport? If the motorsport authority hadn't tightened the technical regulations? If test driver Norman Dewis hadn't burst the tire while filming in 1971, which caused the XJ13 to overturn several times and become a total loss?

Ecurie Ecosse completes the untold story

Questions like this and similar the people from Ecurie Ecosse also faced. The Scottish racing team was involved in Formula 1 in its early days, but turned to sports car racing in the mid-1950s. With success: in 1956 and 1957 Ecurie Ecosse won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the second time with a double victory. The racing car back then: the Jaguar D-Type, which was unbeatable in this era. Ten years later, Ecurie Ecosse and Jaguar talked about a repetition of the triumphs; the XJ13, which had been mothballed in the meantime, should be the car. It turned out differently, as we know today.

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The prototype: The Jaguar XJ13, which is now only available as a replica.

But Ecurie Ecosse did not let go of the car. And now, 50 years after the failed Le Mans race, the Scots think the time is ripe to launch a new edition of the Jaguar XJ13 as a road car with the LM69. 'Itit's incredibly exciting to follow the dream and see what my ancestors could have created in the late 1960s - in the golden age of Le Mans, 'says Alasdair McCaig, today's boss of Ecurie Ecosse.

Optical and technical similarities

In its basic design, the reincarnation is actually very similar to the racing car of the time. Note the harmonious curves, the shape of the lights, the wheels, some of which are covered by the body, and the position of the air inlets on the front and on the rear fenders. In addition, Ecurie Ecosse uses the same composite materials that were common in top-class racing in the late 1960s.

The main difference: While the Jaguar XJ13 was open at the top, the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 has a fixed roof. It's also a bit larger, yet lighter, has been aerodynamically optimized and rolls on wider wheels. And unlike the original, it is street legal.

V12 with mechanical fuel injection

Then as now, a window reveals the engine. The XJ13 was Jaguar's first mid-engined car and was powered by a 5.0 to 5.3 liter V12 engine. With its two overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, the engine was designed extremely advanced for the time. Ecurie Ecosse uses the technology from that time: not only the number of cylinders, displacement and the naturally aspirated engine concept are the same, but everything else too. Mechanical fuel injection is used as standard. Means: The technical data of that time (509 PS, a maximum of 517 Newton meters and a top speed of 285 km /h) should be largely reproduced by the new edition.

If you want more power and also improve fuel efficiency and emissions, but can also opt for electronically controlled injection if required. Or alternatively for the V12 engine in a drilled 7.3-liter variant.

A maximum of 25 extremely expensive copies

The strict limitation of 25 copies is also a reference to the historical model. Because at that time the motorsport authority FIA required the construction of exactly this number of cars in order to be allowed to start in Le Mans. In addition, the manufacturer naturally maintains the exclusivity of the car, which is handcrafted in the West Midlands. Ecurie Ecosse is still keeping a low profile on prices. Depending on the source, between 835,000 and 1.3 million euros are under discussion.


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