We have already written here about the GT4 spec Jaguar F Types commissioned by SuperDry co-founder Jim Holder from Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO custom building ‘skunk works’ for an as then undefined programme.
We now believe that plans are well advanced for that pair of cars, by then homologated to FIA GT4 regulations, to contest the full 2018 British GT Championship with a formal announcement planned for January 2018. Other races are also believed to be under consideration for the cars.
The cars would be fielded by a team with recent British GT experience though an approach to the team we understand to have an agreement in place has yielded nothing but a polite but firm “No Comment” at this point.
Holder himself has recent racing experience in the Championship, and in the GT4 European Series in a GT4 Aston Martin.
When confirmed, the new F Type GT4 would become the first racing GT Jaguar actually built by the parent company since the XJ220s of the mid 1990s, those cars celebrated over the past weekend with a parade at the Silverstone Classic.
Since then a variety of private venture offerings have been raced – See DSC’s summary of the cars that have seen track action here – up to and including the present day XKR G3 from Emil Frey Racing, an operations still working hard to persuade Jaguar to produce a full factory GT racing effort. Jaguar though currently only campaign under the factory banner in Formula E.
A return of one of the most famous names in sportscar racing, albeit once again with a privately funded effort, will be very welcome news indeed for a large number of enthusiasts, and for the first time with the highly rated F-Type as the base car.