Jaguar building F-Type GT4 racer

Jaguar plotting racing return

Jaguar Reportedly Developing F-Type for GT4 Series

Jaguar is hard at work developing a new F-Type GT race vehicle to compete in racing's GT4 European Series, according to a new report from Autosport.

Autosport reports the British automaker is turning to its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the F-Type sports auto into a race auto for GT4 racing.

Jaguar has begun work on turning its F-Type coupe into a racer. It will be the first GT race vehicle developed in-house since the E-type lightweights from the early 1960s. Considering Holder has both experience (he began racing in the class past year using an Aston Martin Vantage GT4) and and cash (he's estimated to be worth roughly $200 million). The work on the auto is being carried out by the Special Vehicle Operations units inside Jaguar.

Currently, Jaguar's motorsports ventures are limited to a factory-backed Formula E team. But this new GT4 program does open the door for the brand to re-examine that decision and join the likes of the Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT and Aston Martin Vantage in the booming GT3 category.

Claimed to be headed up by renowned motorsport designer, Graham Humphrys, who in the past designed the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR back in 1999 and recently reportedly teamed up with Adrian Newey to design the Aston Martin Valkyrie, it's thought that the F-TYPE racer will be ready to race for the 2018 season. The auto will likely race in GT4 trim, putting it right in a field consisting of sports cars like the Aston Martin Vantage and Porsche Cayman.

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