Jaguar has taken the wraps off a racing version of its F-Type which will compete in the British GT Championship.
Two 200mph F-Type GT4s will be fielded by a new team – Invictus Games Racing – made up of a select group of wounded, injured and sick veterans (WIS) of the British Armed Forces.
Invictus Games Racing is a collaboration between James Holder, co-founder of Superdry clothing, and the Invictus Games Foundation.
Holder commissioned Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division to develop and build two bespoke F-Type SVR racing cars to GT4 specification for the Invictus Games Racing drivers to compete in.
The team’s mission is to give WIS servicemen or women the opportunity to experience the adrenaline of competitive racing and inspire others to embrace the ethos of the Invictus Games of triumph over adversity.
Thanks to these bespoke cars, the wounded drivers will compete equally with their able-bodied counterparts.
“Over the last six months leading experts Mission Motorsport have held trials to identify and train four drivers from the Armed Forces best suited and most likely to gain personally from this experience,” explained Holder.
“We have worked closely with Jaguar to construct GT4-specification supercars that accommodate each individual driver’s needs and style.
“Our drivers have overcome adversity in the face of injury, shown fierce ambitions in life and possess an incredible drive to succeed. They are perfectly suited for this sport which gives them an outlet for their ambitions.
“As well as racing against the other GT teams, they will also battle against each other for position and personal pride – like any other racing team.”
Invictus Games Racing will field four WIS vets from the British Armed Forces – Ben Norfolk, Basil Rawlinson, Steve McCulley and Paul Vice. The team will also employ two professional racers, Jason Wolfe and Matthew George, to act as mentors.