It's the first time a fully electric car has been used for Ring Taxi duties.
If you don't want to risk wrecking your ride at the unforgiving Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, some automakers offer Ring Taxi services allowing visitors to experience the thrill of the legendary race track first-hand with an experienced driver behind the wheel. BMW, for example, has been treating people to high-speed rides around the 12.9-mile circuit in M3 and M5 Ring Taxis for years. And now Jaguar has turned the I-Pace SUV into a Ring Taxi. Why is this significant? Because this is the first-time a fully electric car has ever been used for Ring Taxi duties.
Passengers are in for a thrilling ride, as the I-Pace can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds thanks to its 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which produces 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft torque. In normal driving conditions, the battery provides enough juice to last 240 miles on a single charge, but good look achieving that at the Nurburgring. The Nordschleife's 73 corners should also give the I-Pace's all-wheel-drive system a thorough workout.
It's just a shame Jaguar isn't offering rides in the I-Pace eTrophy race car, which would feel more at home on the demanding German circuit.
The eTrophy competes in Jaguar's single-make competition featuring a grid of close-to-production I-Pace racers. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team is also preparing to race in the fourth season of the Formula E championship.
Jaguar is offering its new I-Pace Ring Taxi experience until the end of the season in late November and is charging €149 ($164) per lap. If the I-Pace isn't fast enough for you, you can also pay Jaguar to take you around the Ring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which packs a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing 592 hp. This setup enabled the XE SV Project 8 to set a lap record for the fastest four-door sedan at the Green Hell.