Another year, another 2-wheel Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb, but this time we get to see a Jaguar utterly ruin its rear differential.
Terry Grant is a stunt driver that has made it his mission to attend every Goodwood Festival of Speed and drive up its hill on just two wheels. Last year, Grant produced a Guinness World Record for fastest mile on just two wheels while driving a Range Rover SVR. His total time up Goodwood’s 1.16-mile course was 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
That’s not his fastest time up Goodwood, mind you. Grant performed that feat in a Nissan Juke NISMO RS, a little crossover with a short wheelbase and a tiny 1.6-L turbocharged engine. This meant the Juke was far lighter and easier to balance, thus allowing Grant to focus more on speed than on keeping his car tipped-up on its side.
This year, Grant decided to test his mettle in a Jaguar F-Type SVR, a supercharged sedan with over 550 horsepower and an even longer wheelbase than the Range Rover. The Jag will make things especially challenging due to its length and weighty front-end.
As you can see in the below video, it looks like Grant has real difficulty keeping the Jaguar stable after getting it up on two wheels with the help of a ramp. The Jag is wobbling all over the place as he ascends Goodwood’s course, and at times seems almost about to fall over.
However, things get really hot when a plume of smoke comes out of the rear differential about 2-and-a-quarter minutes into the video. It starts with just a small amount of grey smoke, but then a giant cloud appears closer to the 3-minute mark.
The SVR has an electronically controlled limited-slip rear-diff, but it likely was never designed to handle a single tire take the entire load for this long. That smoke is probably the lubricant cooking off from the overheated differential.
That Jag is definitely going to need to see a mechanic after Grant’s run.