2012 XJR ‘Ring Taxi’ Lapped the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 30 seconds

In May 2012 Jaguar announced that it would be offering passenger rides around the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, in an XJ Supersport, taking on the notorious BMW M5 ‘Ring Taxi’.

Jaguar chose to use a specially modified XJ Supersport for the hot-laps basing it at the Jaguar engineering test centre which is located near the Nurburgring.

It might not seem like the obvious choice of car, but the XJ is often the one car in the Jaguar range that surprises people the most with its dynamic ability.  The XJ’s aluminium structure means that the XJ is incredibly strong and light, but more importantly fast, meaning it can lap the Nurburgring in only 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

The XJ Nurburgring taxi is based on a long wheelbase XJ Supersport with Sport Pack option, meaning that the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 pushes out 503 bhp, and the optional Speed Pack allows a top speed of 174 mph.

Inside, the usual leather seats have gone, replaced by four fully-harnessed race seats, with a bespoke roll cage.  Other than these changes (and the matt grey paint and XJR decals) the XJ is identical to a standard road car.

This ‘Ring Taxi’ was retired in 2018 when Jaguar replaced it with an XJR575 and a 575 hp Jaguar F-Type SVR.

Registration Mark: VE62 EJK

Chassis Number: SAJAA28RDMV41518

Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust