Scottish company Ecurie Ecosse has put together a new racer, the LM69, that was inspired by the ill-fated Jaguar XJ13. Part of a series of cars started in 1957, the XJ13 was set to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the rules of homologation were changed. Not able to race, the XJ13 returned to the UK to the MIRA track, where it was going to be a part of a promo film for the Series 3 E-Type.
Unfortunately, it was crashed due to the mixture of high speeds and a faulty tire. Ecurie Ecosse isn’t letting that besmirched history stop them from using the XJ13 as a starting point for the LM69.
With the idea of building a car that could have competed in the 1969 Le Mans, the LM69 proudly resembles the XJ13 with its swooping and curvaceous lines. The LM69 is completely hand-built and, much like the XJ13, will be limited to a production run of only 25 cars.
As a car envisioned for competition in 1969, the LM69 only uses technology that would have been available in the end of the 1960s. The car is updated with a fixed roof, rear wing, and winglets that boost aerodynamics. It also has wider wheels and tires, and composite materials make it lighter than the source material. It does, however, keep the mid-mounted quad-cam V12 engine, which is said to have a 5.0-litre displacement.
You can also opt for an engine that has been bored and stroked to 7.3-litre. While it was inspired by a race car, the LM69 will be street legal, promises Ecurie Ecosse.
No performance or power stats have been shared as of yet, and neither has pricing. Here’s hoping that this modern take on a classic story will be redemptive, rather than repetitive.