All you have to do is be rich and old to join Jaguar’s new one-make series

Are you of the opinion that there’s entirely too much young blood in motorsport? Are you tired of seeing 16-year-olds drive with audacious precision, incredible consistency and pace and humiliate the old and experienced? Well, now, the old have a place of their own: the Jaguar Series Elite for drivers over 50 years of age.

Jaguar is barely getting the I-Pace eTrophy series off the ground, a series that’s supposed to give Formula E race-goers a little more bang for their buck, and now they’re looking to expand their footprint in motorsport with a new project: the Series Elite. It’s supposed to be a series centered around wealthy gentleman drivers who are at least 50 years old and want to bang door handles in Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8.

Jaguar expects to have a grid of 20 "mature drivers", as they put it, by the time the series kicks off next May. The 20 XE SV Project 8s the 20 well-to-be adrenaline junkies will be lightly modified for track use but Jaguar stated that they can be turned back to the road legal specification quite quickly.

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Most of today’s GT racing is focusing at least in part on amateur drivers. The Weathertech Sports Car Championship, the top endurance GT and sports car racing series in the U.S., has the GT-Daytona class where having a gentleman driver in your lineup is a prerequisite. Then there are other GT3-based series, GT3 in itself being a privateer-oriented category, like the Blancpain Endurance Series which feature an Am Cup for gentleman drivers.

As per the FIA's driver rating system, a gentleman driver is a driver who has a Bronze-rated racing license.

What that means is that he only practices racing as a hobby, earning his revenue elsewhere. It also means that he’s enjoyed limited success in his racing career and, in some cases, age becomes a factor too.

Age is paramount when it comes to Jaguar’s new Series Elite. Instead of focusing on growing the young generation, Jaguar shifts its focus to those that already have all the funding they need to go racing but no place to do just that. It may sound like a strange decision in a world that’s looking at ways to help up-and-coming young drivers but Jaguar reckons older gentlemen with pockets brimming with money are a certain recipe for success.

These "high net worth individuals", again Jaguar’s own words, aren’t required to have raced before in any racing series around the world. That’s because Jaguar will provide "all the relevant training, testing and race experience needed to compete in the new series". Once in, the wealthy gentlemen should look forward to a 12-race season across Europe.

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It’s uncertain how much the full season will cost - the Project 8 alone has a price tag of $192,000 - but Jaguar said that the cars will be "stored and prepared at a centralized team facility". That means the drivers won’t also have to bother about putting together a racing team.

The stock XE SV Project 8 is powered by Jaguar’s traditional 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 which puts out 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. On the road-going version, all that power and torque reaches all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The racing version, though, will be RWD. We should expect accidents aplenty if this series does survive until May.

Further Reading

Jaguar Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

2020 Jaguar XE Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Jaguar XE.

2017 Jaguar XE High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar XE.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace Spyshots Exterior
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Read our full review on the Jaguar I-Pace.

Source: Series Elite

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