Ecurie Ecosse - LM-C Price: £516,000

Last Updated On: 27/01/2022

Ecurie Eccose, Scotland's legendary motor racing team and makers of the fabulous LM69, are embarking on a short production run of a car inspired by successful 50s racers such as the Jaguar C-Type. It's worth pointing out at this stage that the LM-C is definitely not a C-Type replica, as it differs in very many areas from the original including having larger overall dimensions and being developed for as much on-road use as off-road. 

Ecurie Ecosse have created the new car to pay homage to their past success as a racing privateer. Current Ecurie Ecosse patron Alasdair McCaig said of their new car: “How better to celebrate the historic success of the Ecurie Ecosse C-types than to manufacture a batch of cars in their honour? The seven priceless chassis raced in period still exist today, coveted by their lucky owners, occasionally seeing the light of day for race or concours events. With the new LM-C we are paying homage to these cars by creating a numbered sister car to each one. Meticulous in their detail, like their forebears, hand-built in Coventry and tuned by Ecurie Ecosse technicians.”

The Ecurie Ecosse LM-C retains all the key elements that contributed to the roaring success of the 1950s Jaguar racer while, in the true spirit of co-founder ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson, making considered improvements. The aerodynamic shape remains, still crafted from thin-gauge aluminium alloy and mounted to a steel spaceframe chassis, but wider and stiffer than before, laser-cut for accuracy. The sonorous Jaguar straight-six XK engine remains too, although capacity has been increased to 4.2 litres and fuel injection fitted to bring power up to 300bhp at 4940rpm, which is delivered to the rear axle through a five-speed Tremec gearbox.

Performance figures are quoted as a 0-62mph (100km/h) of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 157mph (253km/h). The suspension and disc brakes have been uprated to cope with the additional performance.

The detail of the car is breath-taking, with the hand-crafted aluminium bucket seats clothed in supple blue leather by Crest, A wood-rimmed steering wheel sits between a tachometer and a speedometer, with the needle of the former sweeping anti-clockwise, as in the C-Type. Hand-airbrushed Ecurie Ecosse shields adorning the car’s flanks, and Tag Heuer ‘Master Time’ stopwatches on the dashboard.

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