While Jaguar calls the United Kingdom its home country, what many don't know is that it has an engineering test center adjacent to the famed Nurburgring (Nordschleife) circuit. Related to this, the British carmaker has decided to field its very first taxi for the track: an all-aluminum, long wheelbase XJ Supersport with the Sport and Speed Pack options.
"We’ve been running a successful Nurburgring driving program from our Nordschleife engineering test center now for some time, as it's the very best place to demonstrate the dynamic abilities of the current Jaguar XF, XJ and XK models," said Frank Klaas, Jaguar Land Rover's global head of communications. "Of these models, we found it's the XJ Supersport that most often surprises journalists with its speed simply because they perceive it to be a large luxury car. The XJ is both those things, of course, but its aluminum architecture means it's rigid and lightweight, too, which makes it a very good car on track. To underline that fact, our engineering team created this special Nurburgring taxi version in which our trained drivers can safely take passengers on very hot laps!"
Finished in non-standard matte-gray paint, Jaguar's 5.0-liter V8 supercharged 'Nurburgring taxi' comes with the exterior Sport Pack, giving its front grille, side power vents and lower mesh a black gloss finish, while peeking out from behind 20-inch Venom wheels are red brake calipers. Completing its aerodynamic package are its aero splitters up front and a decklid spoiler at the rear. As for its Speed Pack, it bumps up the car's top speed from 249kph to 280kph while still remaining mechanically standard.
Befitting its role as a dedicated track car, the XJ Supersport ditches its standard leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats in favor of four race seats, each with its own four-point harness, while a full bespoke roll cage completes the interior changes.