Roger Laurent / Charles de Tornaco #20, Ecurie Francorchamps
Limited Edition 1000 pcs.
Ecurie Francorchamps was founded in 1952 by Jacques Swaters. The Belgian team took part in several Formula 1 races from 1952 to 54, but the only victory it scored was at the 1956 Avus race, a Non-World Cup Grand Prix, with the team owner at the wheel. Ecurie Francorchamps also contested in sports car racing until 1978, campaigning Ferrari race cars. But its beginning can be found in the use of Jaguars. It was 1953 when the Belgian team took part in the Jaguar factory entry at Le Mans. Impressed by their ninth-place finish there, Jaguar boss Lyons sent the Belgians to the remaining races of the season at the Spa and Nürburgring. Ecurie Francorchamps
competed with Laurent and Swaters at the Spa 24 Hours in July, but suffered an engine failure that caused early retirement. This happened to the Belgians again in the Eifel race at the end of August: retirement compelled by engine damage.
In the wake of this race, Chassis XKC 047 was sent back to Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Coventry for a new engine with a Weber carburettor system and a modified rear suspension of the Lightweight model. This done, the C-type XKC 047 was handed over to Dunlop as a test and development vehicle. Later, XKC 047 resumed racing until 1959. Starting from 1963, it remained in the possession of one family for more than half a century. It was the cornerstone of the significant Jaguar collection by Guy Griffith in southern England. In 2016, Chassis XKC 047 was sold at a Bonham auction in Monaco for 7.2 million euros – unrestored and totally authentic.
Ecurie Francorchamps returned to compete in the 1954 season with a Jaguar C-Type (XKC 011) that was rebuilt and fitted with Weber carburettors. It was successful once more: fourth place at Le Mans, third place at the 12 Hours of Reims, and seventh place at Tourist Trophy.
Technical Data (Original Vehicle)
Sports car built on a tubular frame
Body shell made of extra thin alloy sheet metal
3.4-litre 6-cylinder in-line-engine
Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts
Dry sump oil lubrication
Mixture preparation with two SU 2”-carburettors type H8/9
Coil/ capacitor ignition, one plug per cylinder
Four-speed manual gearbox mounted to the engine
Maximum output: 200 HP at 5,800 rpm
Displacement: 3.442 cc
Bore x Stroke: 83 x 106 mm
Top speed: 230 Km/h (depending on ratio)
Wheelbase: 2.438 mm
Total length: 3.988 mm
Total width: 1.638 mm
Track front/rear:1.295 / 1.295 mm
Total height: 1.081 mm
Curb weight: 970 kg (2102 lb.)
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