And this time, we have a treat, getting to see how a famous historical vehicle behaves when pushed to the limit by a rather famous Brit. The car in question is a Fixed Head Coupe Jaguar E-Type Series 1, more commonly known throughout North America as the XK-E. The 60s British sportscar belongs to and is fittingly being driven at Goodwood Revival by the British former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button.
If you’re a long-time Formula 1 fan, you might have your own opinion and doubts about whether Button is worthy of his title or not, but that is beside the point. What matters is that he did a great job taking his Jaguar around the track in a very smooth and controlled manner interrupted by just a hint of sideways action. Moreover, he offered us quite a good show, overtaking what seems to be an Aston Martin DB4 GT after some great wheel-to-wheel racing.
We tend not to think about how hard it is to drive classic cars to their limit. They have no assists, narrow tires, manual gearboxes, old-school suspensions, and not much in the way of aerodynamics. This makes for a pure, visceral, and thrilling experience, although quite challenging. Compounded with the sound and sight of other rare classics, this clip from the Goodwood Revival is sure to stir up some good feelings in everyone who watches it.