The Ecurie Ecosse LM69, believed to be one of the most spectacular and exclusive sports cars of recent times, will soon see the light of day. The car pays homage and remains faithful – in spirit and style – to its legendary predecessor, the XJ13.
The XJ13 was a prototype built by Jaguar in 1966 to continue spreading the champagne (victorious streak) of the English firm in the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1967. However, it never competed, becoming an object of worship.
The contemporary variant of the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 has been completely re-designed, with the clear aim of highlighting its original beauty.
A tribute to the sporting car experience of the sixties
Conceived to evoke the authentic Le Mans driving experience, it features a ferocious four-chamber V12 engine. For maximum performance and greater safety, it uses lighter and more advanced materials than its predecessor.
Although the new version incorporates various current aerodynamic devices, such as wider wheels and tires and a significantly improved engine, the LM69 remains faithful to the regulations of the competition of the time.
Most of its technology is, in fact, based on pre-1969 motorsport rules, which will be no obstacle to a great performance today both on the track and on the road.
In short, the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 is a modern work of art which, following the Jaguar’s master lines, could easily have triumphed at the legendary endurance race in France half a century ago.
Jackie Ickx, a first-class consultant
The LM69, a vehicle conceived to win at the toughest race on the planet, has had Jackie Oliver amongst its consultants. Along with Le Mans legend Jacky Ickx, winner of the 1969 edition onboard a Ford GT40, the former British driver brought in his wisdom and experience in the field of design.
The Le Mans six-time champion (1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 and 1982), was taken by the project as soon as he learned of its existence and so he was delighted to advise the Ecurie Ecosse firm in key aerodynamic aspects.
The V12 heart of the beast
It goes without saying that a racing car, needs a great engine in addition to an efficient design. Currently in development for the LM69 is a V12 power unit similar to the one that might have been heard roaring down the Mulsanne Straight in 1969.
With the help of a team of experienced engine designers and technicians, the engine will be “vintage”, yet it will incorporate some of today’s most important features.
Loyal to its vintage philosophy, the engine will be of the typical 1960s type, that is with a traditional mechanical injection system. Customers who wish to do so, however, will be able to opt for a fully programmable ignition and fuel injection propulsor, more fuel efficiency and adjustable than the original.
As expected, the engine will be naturally-aspirated and the lucky owners will be able to enjoy an extreme experience thanks to its ‘racing’ V12 symphony roaring just a few inches from the nape.
Initially, the manufacturer’s intention is to offer the engine in two versions, the Standard from 1966 in 5.0 to 5.3 litres, and the Neville, in 7.3 litters, which could exceed 700 hp.
With a five-speed manual gearbox, the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 will accelerate from zero to 100 km/hour in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 388 km/h, while maintaining the 1969 FIA homologation requirements.
The best British specialists in the West Midlands (Ingland) will be in charge of manufacturing the vehicle following a very manual and artisan process. It is thus not surprising that each of the 25 units that will be produced will come with a base price tag of about 1.18 million dollars. The firm expects the first of the Ecurie Ecosse LM69 to be delivered during the second half of 2021.
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