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Jaguars At Speed And As Sculpture During Goodwood Festival Of Speed

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On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Jaguars At Speed And As Sculpture During Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Jaguar—in the finest fighting-shape it's been in since the days of its world-ruling D-Types, continues to raise the performance bar only to use it as just another rung on its ladder to ever-greater heights of vehicular ass-whuppin'.

Latest in this powerful-product onslaught is the 2012 XKR-S, which—along with a variety of other vintage and modern Jags—will represent the sign of the cat at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed where the brand is “honored as the featured marque.”

Though billed as “the fastest Jaguar in a generation,” the XKR-S will nonetheless have some seriously stiff competition from its predecessors during the event’s most famous feature, the “action on the notorious Goodwood Hill.”  

And who among us couldn’t use a little action?

A bit of Goodwood history before we get to the forthcoming ribaldry: The festival was founded in 1993 by the Earl of March as a way to get chicks and/or every kind and age of interesting automobile to race around in his yard.

No, I am not kidding (at least not about the car part). Every year the Earl hosts the finest in food, folks, and (automotive) fun on the grounds of the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, with the “race” up his 1.16-mile driveway the primary draw.

Again, not kidding. Spectators can expect to see the finest in vintage and bleeding-edge cars going hell-bent-for-haybales up the winding drive to his manse, from Brass Era putt-putts to the latest Formula 1 machinery.

Come July 1-3, 2011, the “high speed 1.16-mile run will feature key Jaguars from the past, including an E-type Group 44 racer, a D-type, an XK140, and the iconic XJ13 racer” plus the XKR-S and some non-Jaguars you probably don’t care about.

Add “crowds expected to number in excess of 175,000” and “a dramatic Jaguar-themed sculpture measuring 92 feet in height and weighing 330,690 pounds” and you’ve got the fixins for one hell of a car-oriented event.


Jaguar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Jaguar take centre stage with a dramatic sculpture being commissioned for the lawn in front of Goodwood House. Enthusiasts will be able to view an array of Jaguars from the past, present and a little way into the future with the XK120, and examples of the C-, D- and, of course, E-type taking part in demonstration runs in front of the crowds.

Present at the Festival (1-3 July) the new XKR-S will take on the notorious Goodwood Hill.

The fastest Jaguar in a generation, the XKR-S is capable of accelerating from rest to 100 mph in just 8.7-seconds before reaching a top speed of 186 mph. With substantially revised suspension architecture, new springs and dampers as well as revisions to the electronic systems controlling the Dynamic Stability Control and Active Differential, the XKR-S has the composure and traction to harness the extra power. Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, will be at the wheel to demonstrate the abilities of the car.

The Festival will start on Thursday 30 June with the Moving Motor Show – a chance for visitors to experience the latest Jaguar road cars and even get behind the wheel and take on the Goodwood Hill.

For the latest Jaguar news and updates from Goodwood visit the Jaguar Facebook page.”

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AutoShopperJustin | 10:03AM (Wed, Jun 29, 2011)

Sweet ride!


NEWZPHLASH | 7:22PM (Wed, Jun 29, 2011)

0-100 is 8 seconds.......sick!!

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