Ecurie Ecosse is expanding its fleet of brand-new but vintage-styled vehicles, adding the Ecurie Ecosse C-type to the LM69 it introduced in 2019. As with the original seven Jaguar C-type raced by this historic Ecurie Ecosse team, plans call for seven new cars to be built.
“In 1952, a young Ian Stewart, pioneer driver for Ecurie Ecosse, would visit Jaguar Cars in Coventry to collect his brand-new C-type,” according to the company’s announcement. “He would drive the car to its first race on Jersey to confront stiff competition from Aston Martin and Frazer Nash. The race was won at a gallop and in doing so he opened the first chapter in Ecurie Ecosse’s international motor racing career.”
The Scottish racing team would post 59 podium finishes with its seven C-type cars.
“The Jaguar C-type was a technological masterpiece,” the news release continues. “The first race car honed in the wind tunnel, first to use fuel ‘bag’ tanks (a technology borrowed from the aviation world) and the test bed for Dunlop’s revolutionary disc brakes.
“Ecurie Ecosse have created a new car to pay homage to their past success. 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 honor?
“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. 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’.”
While the new cars retain many of the original features, suspension and brakes have been updated “to cope with the additional performance and a five-speed gearbox added to maximize acceleration and top speed.”
The first of the cars has been completed and is available for test drives by potential customers at Hofmann’s, the company’s dealership at Henley-on-Thames.
For more information, visit the Ecurie Ecosse website.