Jaguar to make tin-top return in SCV8

The Jaguar name will return to touring car racing in 2004 after the Coventry marque gave the greenlight for its X-type to compete in the inaugural SCV8 Supercar Championship, according to this week's AUTOSPORT magazine

Jaguar to make tin-top return in SCV8

It will be the first time a factory-blessed Jaguar has raced in any tin-top series since the firm pulled its European Touring Car Championship-winning XJS Coupes out of the series at the end of 1984. At least four of the cars, which will run X-type sheet metal over the series' identikit 550bhp, V8-powered tubeframe chassis, are expected to appear on a planned 20-car SCV8 grid next season. Jaguar will not be directly involved in the build and race programme.

Jaguar global marketing director Martin Runnacles said: "This has the makings of an exciting new saloon series and we wish it every success. We would be happy to see the X-type featuring in the series, providing it does not take any resources from our F1 programme."

Peugeot has also allowed the use of its 406 bodyshape for the series, and SCV8 organisers are confident that up to three more manufacturers could be represented on the grid for the start of next year.

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