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This Legendary Jaguar Le Mans Prototype Is Now Road Legal

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After 50 years, the Jaguar XJ13 has been reborn.

A few years ago, a trademark filing suggested Jaguar was planning to revive the XJ13, but this sadly never happened. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, the XJ13 was a legendary endurance racing prototype built in 1966 and doubles as Jaguar’s first mid-engined car.

Only one prototype was ever made, but changes to homologation regulations meant it sadly never got to race at Le Mans alongside Ford, Ferrari, and Porsche. 50 years later, the XJ13 has been resurrected by UK racing team Ecurie Cars, which is building a modern reimagining of the legendary prototype. It’s called the LM69 as a nod to the car that could have dominated the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans if it competed in the endurance race.

Like the original XJ13, the LM69 is powered by a mid-mounted quad-cam V12 engine. Specifications are being kept under wraps for now, but the XJ13’s 5.0-liter engine produced 502 hp and could hit a top speed of 161 mph top speed. The LM69 features an all-new design but remains faithful to the original XJ13’s stunning shape. According to Ecurie Cars, the LM69 has been designed and engineered as if it had to adhere to the regulations of its time.

As a result, you won’t find any design details and technology that entered motorsport later than early 1969. It’s also lighter than the original car thanks to extensive use of composite materials and boasts experimental aerodynamic devices, wider wheels and tires, and a much-improved engine. Unlike the XJ13, the LM69 is also road legal.

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Only 25 examples will be produced, in keeping with the 1969 FIA homologation requirements and to maintain the car’s exclusivity. Each will be individually hand-built in the West Midlands, UK. The car will make its public debut at London’s International Concours of Elegance in September. No pricing details have been released yet, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.