Jaguar Is Finally Making an F-Type Race Car

The F-Type GT4 will compete in the British GT Championship this year with Invictus Games Racing, a team of wounded British Armed Forces vets.

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Five years after it went into production, the Jaguar F-Type is finally going racing. Jaguar debuted the F-Type GT4 today, a race car designed for the British GT Championship that'll be fielded by a new team, Invictus Games Racing.

The Invictus Games are an international sporting event held annually for wounded, injured, and sick (WIS) servicemen and women, and Invictus Games Racing has been created to promote its foundation. This team and the F-Type GT4 were conceived and funded by James Holder, one of the founders of clothing company Superdry and a racer himself.

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In keeping with the spirit of the Games, Invictus Games Racing will field four WIS vets from the British Armed Forces—Ben Norfolk, Basil Rawlinson,Steve McCulley and Paul Vice—in its two cars. The team will also employ two professional racers, Jason Wolfe and Matthew George, to act as mentors.

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The F-Type GT4 was built by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and is based on the F-Type SVR road car. The F-Type GT4 is powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that's in the SVR, though it'll probably be detuned to around 400 hp to comply with GT4 regulations. The GT4 will also ditch the SVR's all-wheel drive system, since that's not allowed in GT racing either.

A Jaguar spokesperson told R&T that it has no plans to create a GT4 factory team, and it's not building any more F-Type GT4s unless an interested customer approaches SVO. So, F-Type GT4s won't pop up everywhere like GT4 cars from McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche, but at least they're racing at all.

And getting WIS vets into race cars is something we can get behind. Invictus Games Racing and the F-Type GT4 will make their competition debut at Olouton Park on March 31st.

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