What you’re looking at is Jaguar’s first GT race car in 50 years.
After a long hiatus, Jaguar is returning to the track with a new GT4 race car based on the ferocious F-Type SVR. Revealed at the recent Autosport International Show in Birmingham, UK, the F-Type SVR GT4 is the first GT car to be built in-house by Jaguar in 50 years and was developed in top secret for over a year. Two bespoke F-Type SVR GT4s have been commissioned by Invictus Games Racing, an offshoot of the wounded-warrior athletic competition, which were developed by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division.
Built to meet GT4 racing specifications, the road-going F-Type SVR's brakes, wheels, tires, suspension, transmission, and engine have all been modified for competition use. The 200-mph F-Type SVR's all-wheel drive system has also been converted to rear-wheel-drive, while the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 has been detuned to around 400 hp to meet regulations. The cars will compete in this year's British British GT Championship driven by injured military servicemen, including JLR engineer and former paratrooper Basil Rawlinson, former RAF sergeant Ben Norfolk, and former marine-commando Paul Vice, a partial amputee who won seven medals in the 2016 Invictus Games including two golds.
They'll be mentored by experienced racers Jason Wolfe and Matthew George in a team started by Superdry clothing designer James Holder. The cost of the first car to be produced remains a closely guarded secret, but customer examples will reportedly be available to purchase for around £160,000 ($218,000) in line with other GT4 cars.