Jaguar reveals F-Type GT4
Jaguar has revealed a GT4-specification version of its F-Type coupe, which is set to take on the 2018 British GT Championship season.
The car has been built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. It is a racing version of the firm’s F-Type SVR, and is expected to use a restricted version of the road car’s 5-litre V8 engine. However, due to regulations the car is also set to be configured as rear-wheel drive, losing the all-wheel drive powertrain of the roadgoing version. Developed in-house at Jaguar, the F-Type is the first GT developed at the company’s Browns Lane facility for more than 50 years.
The F-Type is will be raced by an all new team; Invictus Games Racing, which aims to promote the sporting event of the same name that is held for wounded, injured and sick servicemen. It was conceived and funded by James Holder, one of the founders of clothing company SuperDry. The Invictus Games Racing team will field two cars in the British GT Championship, that will be driven by four British Armed Forces veterans: Ben Norfolk, Basil Rawlinson, Steve McCulley and Paul Vice.
“Invictus Games Racing will enable ex-servicemen and women who have experienced physical or psychological trauma during service to compete against each other and the rest of the top-level racing field, in cars that are tailor-made for them,” explained Holder. “We wanted to give these men and women the chance to compete in a professional racing competition with the established teams.”
Jaguar has said that it has no intention of making the F-Type GT4 widely available, but has not ruled out building more if SVO is contacted directly. The car, and the newly-formed team are set to make their debut in the British GT season opener at Oulton Park on 31 March.