Jaguar has announced that a special XJ Supersport will be the firm’s first ‘taxi’ for the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany.
The concept of the Ring Taxi, as it's known, is nothing new: BMW has a fleet of M cars that you can pay to be a passenger in alongside one of its professional drivers as they tackle the 12.93-mile circuit.
Jaguar has added a long-wheelbase XJ Supersport to its fleet at its engineering test centre based at the circuit. Finished in matt grey, the flagship saloon is fitted with Sport and Speed pack options, so it wears 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, plus black and chrome detailing.
The Speed Pack raises the XJ Supersport’s standard top speed of 155mph to 174mph. The 503bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 remains untouched, as does the rest of the car mechanically.
Inside, the XJ Supersport Ring Taxi has had its plush leather seats replaced with four race seats with racing harnesses, plus a roll-cage finished in matt grey.
Jaguar chose the aluminium-bodied XJ Supersport for its new role because it “most often surprises” passengers with its speed and ability for a large luxury saloon.
The Jaguar XJ Supersport Ring Taxi is available for hot laps of the Nurburgring for invited guests.