Seven continuation models will be built by Ecurie Ecosse.
Of all the classic Jaguars in existence, it's the E-Type that tends to garner the lion's share of attention. In fact, 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the E-Type, an occasion that Jaguar intends to celebrate in style. But even before the E-Type arrived, there was the C-Type racing car.
Once driven by the legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, the C-Type has a proud heritage. The Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse has intimate ties to the C-Type, having attained 59 podium finishes with seven C-Type chassis in the 1950s. Now, they're producing seven continuation models of the C-Type racing car. Elements of the C-Type's design still inspire newer Jags like the latest F-Type to this day.
As a homage to the team's incredible triumphs, the Ecurie Ecosse team says the new cars will "retain all the key elements" of the original. There will be a couple of changes, though, with a broader and stiffer steel spaceframe chassis that will be laser-cut to ensure precision.
The Jag inline-six XK engine will return as well, but fuel injection will be added and the capacity will be increased to 4.2-liters for a maximum output of 300 horsepower. Because of this, both the disc brakes and suspension were upgraded to handle the extra grunt. A five-speed gearbox will be added as well, and is claimed to "maximize acceleration and top speed."
There are some mightily impressive details to take in, such as the hand-crafted aluminum bucket seats, the blue leather upholstery, and Tag Heuer 'Master Time' stopwatches mounted on the dashboard.
"How better to celebrate the historic success of the Ecurie Ecosse C-Types than to manufacture a batch of cars in their honor?" said current Ecurie Ecosse director, Alasdair McCaig. He described the new C-Types as "meticulous in their detail, like their forebears, hand-built in Coventry and tuned by Ecurie Ecosse technicians."
Much like Bentley's own continuation series featuring the legendary 'Blower', it's heart-warming to see Ecurie Ecosse's continued appreciation for the classic racer that is the C-Type.