Driving the Nürburgring is a bucket-list item for any serious automotive enthusiast. But most of us don’t have the chops to handle the vaunted circuit, with its 73 turns and 13 miles (20.83 kilometers) of twisting tarmac. Riding in a “Ring Taxi,” then, could be just the thing.
And Jaguar has two of its most powerful and capable performance machines deployed, just for the purpose.
The latest additions to the fleet are none other than the F-Type SVR and XJR575. Both are motivated by Coventry’s celebrated 5.0-liter supercharged V8, kicking out 575 metric horsepower (567 hp/423 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
That’s enough to send the top F-Type rocketing to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds (or 3.7 to 100 km/h). The larger, heavier XJR takes 4.2 seconds to hit that same 60-mile mark, making it the fastest, most powerful iteration of Jaguar’s big sedan.
“A ride in the F-TYPE SVR and XJR575 Race Taxi is a thrilling and truly unforgettable experience for any car enthusiast,” said Jaguar’s European engineering manager Phil Talboys, “or anybody who just enjoys going very fast! Our highly experienced professional drivers are veterans of the Nürburgring 24-hour race, making them uniquely qualified to show customers the true potential of these extraordinary supercharged V8 Jaguars.”
Having driven the Nordschleife in the F-Type and rode shotgun in the XJR ring taxi around the same, this writer can tell you it’s the experience of a lifetime. And you can book either for €199 ($236) per lap. And it comes with an HD video recording to document (and relive) the ride.