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Recreating the past in perfect form is no easy feat, especially when it comes to historic race cars. But that’s exactly what rather obscure automaker Ecurie Ecosse has done with their new/old LM69 race car that’s birthed from the 1966 XJ13 Program for Le Mans endurance racing. Their two Le Mans winner cars (1956 and ’57) were based on Jaguar D-Types. The XJ13 project was their own baby created for the 1969 race, but the car never hit the track due to a combination of politics and outdated tech. Now, the revived brand has partnered Design Q, an XJ13 replica company and created one based on 1969 technology, what should’ve been done decades ago. The LM69 is, in fact, a street-legal race car with the original but updated quad-cam, 5.0-litre V12 mid-mounted engine, new bodywork with era-proper materials, and fatter rubber. The stunning blue machine will be produced based on 1969 homologation rules, and only 25 will be built. It’s a stunning homage to a car that should’ve seen the racing light of day, and we’re thankful it’s alive again.

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