Just how capable is the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE? Here’s a hint: where most automakers beef up their cars to compete in races, the flagship Jaguar car actually has had the opposite problem. It had to be specced down to be eligible for competition. Here are some other facts about the company’s first GT entrant in nearly half a century, courtesy of Jaguar Peabody.
The news starts far from New England. Drop the “New” and you’re getting warmer. That’s right, we’re going to England. That’s because James Holder — founder of clothing company Superdry, and a long-time racing aficionado — has assembled and funded a team made up of four wounded servicemen. The team, called Invictus Games Racing, is made up of four British armed services veterans and two mentors from the world of professional racing. They’ll debut at the Invictus Games, as well as compete in other GT circuit events.
But the news also circles back to your Jaguar dealership. That’s because the Jaguar F-TYPE GT4 is based on the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR found in many Jaguar showrooms. It was developed and built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), which faced a unique challenge. The parent car’s 5.0-liter V8 is actually too powerful for the circuit and had to be detuned to 400 horsepower. Likewise, its all-wheel drive system had to be removed to comply (and, presumably, to remove an unfair advantage).
There’s no word yet on whether this will be part of a broader trend for the Jaguar brand. Thus far, we know only that this car is one of a kind, and that it will be driven by drivers whose stories are as unique and inspiring as the vehicle they’ll be piloting on race day. Sometimes, that’s enough.
To get behind the wheel of a Jaguar F-TYPE of your own, visit your Jaguar dealership near Andover, MA. Jaguar Peabody is located at 247 Newbury Street.