GT Cup, Series EliteBute Motorsport are delighted to welcome the Series Elite Jaguar XE SVProject 8 race cars onto its GT Cup Championship grid for 2020.

After a season spent developing and testing the Series Elite Jaguar XE SV Project 8 race cars the team have made the decision to join the well established GT Cup series in the GTA class.

The Racing Project 8s are based on 5.0 litre supercharged V8 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 road cars supplied by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. Project 8 holds  several records for a four door production car including The Nurburgring at 7 min 18.361 secs.

The race cars are stored and prepared by Slidesport (2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Champions) who initially converted them to Series Elite specifications at their centralised team facility in Staffordshire. The Series Elite race cars have been developed on Pirelli Trofeo tyres which have proved to be a huge success in terms of increased grip and wear.

The decision to join GT Cup for 2020 was decided after a recent meeting with the Bute Motorsport organisers at their head office facility in Sparkford, Somerset.

Managing Director, Chris Haynes of Bute Motorsport “We are delighted to welcome Series Elite into GT Cup, they offer a very exciting package for sporting drivers and they will fit beautifully into our GTA Group.  The cars and drivers will enjoy the comradery and sporting ethos that helps make the GT Cup so special.

Series Elite CEO Graeme Glew said, “ We knew from the start that Jaguar XE SVSVO’s Project 8 cars would be ideal for our level of clients. After spending 2019 testing and developing the cars and racing the four cars we had at Silverstone, we are now ready to race. Currently we have six cars in race trim and Special Vehicle Operations have a limited number of road cars that could be converted to race specification by Series Elite. Having spoken to our drivers and potential clients it is clear that they are enthusiastic about GT Cup with longer races and larger grids so our small fleet of Jaguars will fall into Group GTA of the GT Cup Championship which is great news.”

The GT Cup provisional 2020 calendar is as follows;

  • 18/19 April – Donington Park National
  • 30/31 May – Brands Hatch GP
  • 27/28 June – Silverstone National
  • 11/12 July – Snetterton 300
  • 15/16 August – Silverstone GP
  • 12/13 September – Donington Park GP
  • 3/4 October – Snetterton 300