Jaguar reveals first in-house GT car in 50 years

Gary Watkins
This article first appeared on autosport.com

Jaguar has taken the wraps off its first GT car developed in-house for more than 50 years.

The new GT4 car, based on the V8-engined F-type, was unveiled at Autosport International on Thursday as part of a British GT Championship programme under the banner of the Invictus Games for disabled servicemen.

The F-type has been commissioned by SuperDry clothing boss James Holder and developed at the British manufacturer’s Special Vehicle Operations unit in Coventry.

It will be the first GT racing car developed in-house by Jaguar since the E-type lightweights of the early 1960s were built in the same Browns Lane facility that had been responsible for the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning C-types and D-types of the ’50s.

Veteran sportscar designer Graham Humphrys, who was responsible for the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, has led the design team over the past 14 months.

The first shakedown tests have already been undertaken ahead of the start of proper development running prior to the hand-over to the Invictus Games Racing team run by David Appleby Engineering at the start of March.

The car is based on the 200mph F-type SVR special, retaining its supercharged V8 but not its four-wheel-drive system.

Holder, who has raced in the GT4 class for the past two years, told Autosport that he had been motivated to do something for charity.

“I didn’t want to just hand over a cheque, I wanted to co something that was cool and a bit different but also a challenge,” he said.

“The Invictus Games resonates with me and Jaguar Land Rover has long involved with the games, which took us down that route.

“What SVO has done in such a short time is fantastic; full credit to team.”

Both Invictus Games Racing JLR F-type SVO GT4 will be raced by a pair of service veterans, each undertaking half the season.

They will share with two professional drivers in Matthew George, who has driven with Holder for the past two years, and American Jason Wolfe, a race winner in German TCR last year.

George will share with Steve McCulley and Paul Vice, and Wolfe with Basil Rawlinson and Ben Norfolk.

All four ex-serviceman are veterans of British military campaigns in Afghanistan.

They have been selected for the programme through Mission Motorsport, which uses racing and rallying to aid the rehabilitation of injured members of the forces.

Holder will continue to race an Aston in GT4 events in Europe.

SVO is building three F-type racers, two for the Invictus team and one for testing purposes.

It said that it would not rule out building further cars should it be approached by customers.

Recent news

Column

Who I have my money on for the BTCC title

By Matt James

Rallying News

FIA blocks ‘radical’ final stage plan for Rally GB

Tuesday’s Wales Rally GB launch has been cancelled after the FIA refused to sign off on this...

Rallying News

Electric cars part of WRC regulation talks

Future regulations concerning World Rally Cars will be discussed by the FIA and WRC stakeholders...

Rallying News

Ostberg rejoins Citroen for Rally Portugal

Mads Ostberg will rejoin Citroen's World Rally Championship line-up for at least two more events,...

Promoted feature

Swaffham Raceway: Family friendly fun

East Anglia has always been a hotbed for short oval racing and one of the resurgent venues in...

Racing News

Introducing Lewis Kent: Making the steps towards the BTCC

[DRIVER PROMOTION] “We’re aiming to go out there, do well in the championship and make...

Rallying News

Safari Rally won't feature in 2019 WRC

FIA president Jean Todt has revealed that the Safari Rally will not be on the World Rally Championship...

Column

Silverstone's rallycross adventure

By Matt James

Rallying News

Ogier seals Corsica victory

Sebastien Ogier sealed victory in the World Rally Championship's Tour de Corse with a comfortable...

Racing News

Ingram wins Brands finale, takes points lead

Tom Ingram won the final British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch to move into...

Racing News

Proctor scores first win after slicks gamble

Senna Proctor took Vauxhall's first victory in the British Touring Car Championship since 2012...

Racing News

Goff beats Turkington to win season opener

Jack Goff won the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch after...

Goff snatches Brands BTCC pole

Jack Goff scored his third pole position in as many British Touring Car Championship race meetings...

Racing News

Introducing Patrick Kibble: Moving from karts to cars

[DRIVER PROMOTION] Being tall in motorsport brings with it a number of challenges. And one...

Rallying News

West on verge of MN Rally crown

Peugeot 306 Maxi driver Chris West can seal the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship this...

Rallying News

Loeb among Corsica favourites reckon rivals

Despite not competing on Corsica for a decade, Sebastien Loeb's World Rally Championship rivals...

Racing News

MSA chief executive steps down from role

Rob Jones, the chief executive of UK motorsport's governing body, has stepped down after 12...

Rallying News

Quarter-finals set for DiRT world championship

The 36 quarter-finalists for the inaugural DiRT eSports World Championships have been chosen...

Racing News

Monger never thought comeback podium possible

Billy Monger says he never imagined a top-three finish on his BRDC British F3 debut was possible...

Rallying News

FIA ratifies powerstage rule change

A regulation change to stop World Rally Championship crews taking a tactical approach to powerstages...

Rallying News

Loeb's team pleased with all-new Peugeot's debut

Sebastien Loeb's team ran its brand-new Peugeot 208 Supercar for the first time at the Silverstone...

Rallying News

Rallycross stalwart Doran to race at Lydden Hill

Multiple European Rallycross event-winner Liam Doran will return to rallycross Supercar action...

1 2 3 50

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

X