Autosport reports that Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is preparing a handful of GT4-spec F-Types for a private customer who intends to race them later this year. The automaker recruited Paul Humphrys, who designed the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, to head up the F-Type GT4 project.
Per Autosport, three F-Type GT4s are being built for James Holder, a co-founder of clothing company Superdry who made his entry into GT4 competition last year. Holder, who is the primary investor in this project, plans on entering his F-Types in the GT4 European Series later this year.
Building an F-Type race car is a big deal, given Jaguar’s history. While the company did provide support to a privateer effort to build a GT-spec XKR a few years ago, the F-Type GT4 will be Jaguar’s first in-house GT car since the Lightweight E-Types.
A GT4 entry is a small start for Jaguar, but considering it made a big hire from Aston Martin to get the project off the ground, you have to imagine the company wants to do more sports car racing. Nearly all the F-Type’s competitors race in various series in Europe and the US, and surely Jaguar wants in on the action.
GT racing will give Jaguar a chance to reclaim the glory of its Le Mans-winning C- and D-Types of the 1950s.