Jaguar is reportedly working on its first in-house race car in over 50 years.
Autosport reports the British automaker is turning to its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the F-Type sports car into a race car for GT4 racing. It will be the first GT race car developed in-house since the E-type lightweights from the early 1960s. Jaguar returned to international motorsports last year with Formula E and wouldn’t comment on the project that is reportedly being funded by a private individual.
It is believed Jaguar has recruited Graham Humphrys for the project, designer of the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR. Humphrys previously worked with Bentley on the Continental GT3 race car, but most recently just completed a stint at Aston Martin helping with the Valkyrie hypercar.
Funding for the project is believed to come from James Holder, one of the founders of the Superdry clothing brand, who started racing last year in the British GT4 Championship and the GT4 European Series behind the wheel of an Aston Martin GT4. The report says Holder has commissioned three cars from Jaguar and they should make their race debut in the later rounds of the GT4 European Series.
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