Jaguar will be featured automaker at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Jaguar will take center stage this weekend at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in Britain.

Jaguar will be the featured marque at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world, which takes place this weekend at Goodwood in Britain. Jaguar will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic E-Type, as well as showcasing other historic Jaguars like the D-Type, XK140, and the XJ13 race car. Offering a glimpse into Jaguar's future, the hot new C-X75 electric concept car will also be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A Jaguar-themed sculpture will stand 92 feet high in the front lawn of the Goodwood House, weighing over 165 tons. Jaguar will send the aforementioned vintage race cars as well as its new XKR-S, the radical sports version of its XK coupe and the fastest Jaguar since the XJ220 supercar, up Goodwood's legendary 1.16-mile hill climb run. The XKR-S will be joined by the new XFR sports sedan as it makes its UK public debut.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is expected to be attended by over 175,000 people from all over the world. The Festival of Speed can trace its roots back all the way to the 1930s when esteemed automotive designer, engineer, and racer Freddie March held a race there for a private Lancia car club. It became an official sanctioned event in 1993 by March's inspired grandson. Besides the famous hill climb, there will also be a Forest Rally Stage, a concours d'elegance car show, and the "FoS-TECH" technology display where some of the most cutting edge automotive breakthroughs will be unveiled.