Mid-century Jaguar racing to resume production in EnglandJanuary 14, 2021
Ecurie Ecosse will release seven replicas of the Jaguar C-Type
Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse is famous for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, and its pilots have also climbed the podium 59 times in various competitions, performing in seven modified Jaguar C-Types. These cars are still in service, and even participate in historic races. And very soon they will have modern “twins”.
The new old Jaguar C-Type will be assembled at a factory in Coventry, England, the birthplace of the original cars, using traditional 1950s manufacturing methods: roller drawing machines and sheet metal hammer forging. The chassis is also promised to be cooked by hand using an inert gas or argon-arc method. A novelty will be a laser cutter, which will allow you to more accurately fit the outer panels to each other.
Once the chassis and aluminum body have been prepared, they will be sent to the Ecurie Ecosse workshop located in Henley-on-Thames. There the company’s specialists will install the engine and carry out the final assembly. In keeping with the original C-Type, the two-seater roadsters will feature aluminum-framed blue Crest leather bucket seats, a Moto-Lita wooden steering wheel, Tag Heuer Master Time stopwatch, and Ecurie Ecosse emblems and livery.
But technically, the replicas will still be different. The new C-Type will receive improved brakes and suspension, as well as an in-line six-cylinder engine, the displacement of which will be increased from 3.4 to 4.2 liters. The unit, equipped with an injection system, produces about 300 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The first copy of the sports car has already been built – it can be tested at the Hofmann’s dealership in Henley-on-Thames. There will be seven cars in total.
In 2019, another Jaguar from Ecurie Cars, LM69, saw the light. Its appearance is based on the look of the Jaguar XJ13 racing prototype from the 60s, but it is not a replica. So, according to the company, the XJ13 could look like if its development was brought to an end, and the car went to the start of the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours.
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