Reports suggest British brand will create its first GT competition model for more than half a century

A Jaguar F-Type Coupé GT4 racing model is being developed by the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations division for competition use, Autosport has claimed.

According to reports on the racing news site, the model will be the first GT competition car to be created at the Browns Lane plant in Coventry since the Le Mans winning C-type and D-type models of the 1950s.

Autosport adds that the Jaguar GT4 team is being headed up by Graham Humphrys, who designed the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR from 1999. He recently worked on the Aston Martin Valkyrie with Adrian Newey and has GT3 experience with Bentley.

Autocar contacted Jaguar for an official response to the news. It neither denied nor confirmed the claims, and instead stressed that the focus was on its electric single-seater racing team.

“Jaguar returned to international motorsport last year in the FIA Formula E Championship,” said a spokesman. "This is where we are focusing our motorsport activities with our Panasonic Jaguar Racing team."

Nevertheless, Autosport’s source claims the SVO project is being funded by Superdry clothing brand co-founder James Holder. It said he has commissioned three cars to use in the GT4 European Series.

This isn't the first time the F-Type has been considered for racing. Jaguar considered building a GT3 racing version of the car in 2014.

Jaguar’s only current official racing outfit joined the Formula E grid this season. It has had a slow start to its maiden championship, with a best finish of twelfth.

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18 March 2017
Given the embarrassment that is formula E and the compounded error that is Panasonic Jaguar Racing. It would be great to see a Jaguar return to form with sports car racing based upon something a customer can aspire to driving on the street. I know everyone is going electric and SUVs will cover the earth but coming last in a lets pretend racing series is a commercial disaster on a scale not seen in the UK since 2016 and Sir Philip Green's BHS. Lets win some races and sell some cars that owners can be excited to drive.

18 March 2017
1stdarkhorse ur so ignorant that ur funny. Formula E has the largest number of factory participants compared to any other form of motorsports. Jag finished 13/20 in only their 3rd race! Formula E is the future of racing

19 March 2017
Long live the past !

19 March 2017
More people may become interested in Formula E when drivers do not have to swap cars halfway through a race. Jaguar shouldn't just limit themselves in to racing electric cars.

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