At the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, Jaguar introduced all-wheel drive, electric steering and a manual transmission option for the F-Type models. Now it has emerged that the British manufacturer could soon give the production green light to an FIA GT3 racing variant before the end of the year.
Autocar reports that development on the project has reached a point where Jaguar is currently deciding between three race teams to co-develop the car with. When a team is chosen and a contract signed, a Jaguar F-Type R Coupe GT3 could begin testing by the middle of next year and race within the next 12 months.
While speaking with Autocar, a source apparently close to the project said, “The fact is that Jaguar is the only one of the premium brands without an active race programme at present and that needs correcting, especially given its rich competition heritage”.
An F-Type GT3 could act in a very similar way to Jaguar as to how the Vantage GT4 sits within Aston Martin’s line-up. The dedicated racer has spawned a selection of GT4 inspired Aston Martin Vantage variants for the road and Jaguar could ultimately go down a similar path and offer a road-going variant of the F-Type GT3.