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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1985
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Ray Mallock for Ecurie Ecosse
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 04, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe successes during the 1985 season had attracted the attention of the Austin Rover Group. With their backing a new C286 was built to house the Rover V64V engine. The type name was a reference to the engine's V6 configuration and its four valves per cylinder. The compact unit was down on power compared to the DFL but it was also considerably lighter. As a result, the C286 was a full 50 kg lighter than the Cosworth-powered C285.

For the opening rounds of the 1986 season both the C285 and C286 were entered but with disappointing results. The team bounced back during the remainder of the season with C2 victories at Brands Hatch, the Nürburgring, Spa and Fuji. Mallock was the driver at each occasion, joined for two rounds by David Leslie and the other two by Marc Duez, who had been under contract with Austin Rover. While Mallock just missed out on the title, he did do just enough for Ecurie Ecosse to be grab the teams' World Championship.

Sadly, the Austin Rover backing lasted just a single season despite the successes in 1986. The first C286 was re-engined with a DFL while a second was built from scratch around the Cosworth V8. With backing from Royal Mail subsidiary Switftair, the two C286s were raced side by side in the 1987 World Championship. Mallock and Leslie drove the new car to class victories at Silverstone and Brands Hatch but Le Mans was once again a disappointment as the team had to console for a runner-up position.

Having competed in the World Sportscar Championship for four seasons, Ecurie Ecosse bowed out at the end of 1987. This was for good reason as Mallock had been commissioned to develop the all-new Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car for the 1989 season. Two of the Ecosse cars were later raced by privateers and all three have since appeared at historic race meetings.

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