There are times when you’re barrelling about on average British roads in sunny weather, when you wonder whether all the extra capability built into cars like the Jaguar F-type is strictly necessary.

I’m talking about stuff like extra stability, extra throttle sensitivity (and poke), extra steering authority and that firmness of suspension that affords a higher-than-usual degree of connection to the road.

Today, emphatically, is not one of those days. I’ve just been to Beaulieu and back for a meeting, in driving rain and dangerous road conditions, with puddles everywhere and serious aquaplaning a constant danger.

On this 170-mile journey to the motor museum and back, every one of the F-type’s enhanced abilities came into play – especially since I had no time to waste.