How does one prove that one’s car is sporty? Why, take it to the Nürburgring, of course. A handful of laps clearly wasn’t enough for Jaguar, though, because it has now decided that the I-Pace should become a fully fledged ’Ring taxi.
You’ll be familiar with the concept thanks to the raft of BMW M3 and M5s that operate around the famous 20.76km circuit, but Jaguar is now—perhaps unsurprisingly—the first manufacturer to offer customers an all-electric taxi experience.
Sadly, those customers won’t get a run in the race-prepped Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy cars—they’ll have to make do with the standard electric SUV.
The I-Pace’s figures are strong, though. There’s all-wheel drive fed by 394hp and 695Nm of torque, but then there’s also 2,133kg to heave around and we can’t help but feel the claimed 480km of road range will dramatically shrink when being tortured by professional racing drivers. Still, it only needs to manage a lap at a time, we guess.
That single lap will apparently cost from €149 (around P8,500). Quite a bit, then, but for €100 extra (roughly P5,700), Jaguar will let you swap the eco-warrior I-Pace for a lap in the full-fat XE SV Project 8—complete with its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and 592hp.
Okay, we think we know where our money would go...
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.