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Jaguar XJ Supersport Nurburgring taxi crashes on the Nordschleife [videos]

A ride to remember

The Jaguar XJ Supersport Nürburgring Taxi has fallen victim to the green hell.

Details are limited but several videos have surfaced on YouTube showing the model losing control and crashing into the barricades. There's no word on the condition of the people involved, but the car features four individual racing seats and an extensive roll cage so hopefully everyone walked away without any injuries.

As a refresher, the XJ Supersport Nürburgring Taxi was billed as thrilling model that "can safely take passengers on very hot laps." It features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops 510 HP (375 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). 

Source: YouTube via Autoblog.nl

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Auto43
What happened the the M5 Ring Taxi?
Aug 16, 2013 10:36 am
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MTC
I thought that car has ABS, but apparently it didn't and it locked the front wheels up so the car have no grip left to turn... ouch. Hope the passengers are alright, that'll buff out...
Aug 14, 2013 11:36 am
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xoff
ABS standard on Jaguar cars, for decades now.
Aug 15, 2013 6:40 am
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AthAhm
nice car but with some inspiration from LANCIA in the rear side.
Aug 14, 2013 11:28 am
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AthAhm
I think the problem was both while braking and hitting the chicane in the next right corner where the control is fully lost letting the car goes off the track ... I think the impact on the barriers was not as dangerous on the passengers ... hope so
Aug 14, 2013 11:25 am
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DimitarYanev
Impressively strong car! Worth the price I guess.
Aug 14, 2013 10:47 am
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GyulaCsocsan
The driver released the brakes (the break lights goes out) as he left the road ...
Aug 14, 2013 8:53 am
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MTC
Cause the wheels locked up as he left the track, causing that line of smoke and releasing the brakes should help it turn.
Aug 14, 2013 11:35 am
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NYyanks
ouch
Aug 14, 2013 12:56 am
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ZHPRegistryNet
This is what happens when you attempt to step out of your normal market of 50 year old English proctologists.
Aug 13, 2013 10:45 pm
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GRAVE
2014 E63 with AWD is the best Nurburgring taxi
Aug 13, 2013 6:17 pm
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hunker7
Sure, noone have driven it yet, but you already know it's best.
Aug 13, 2013 6:31 pm
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GRAVE
Well, I meant it will be the best taxi along side the RS6 wagon instead of this big Jag.
Aug 14, 2013 7:09 am
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Aesthetics
GRAVE is telepathic, he cured me
Aug 15, 2013 2:11 pm
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Darkstar
Sry, but the best ring taxi was the E39 BMW M5 and will ever be ;)
Aug 14, 2013 9:20 am
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surubutna
Wow, I was expecting the headlight to break, but not a single f*** was given.
Aug 13, 2013 6:09 pm
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Aesthetics
no abs? inner wheel brake failure, it jammed. strong car to take the barrier that way without much damage although the wheel couldnt take that curb
Aug 13, 2013 5:30 pm
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ScottSinger
Just a guess, but ABS worked, though the rear right side tire was so unloaded the yaw created the smoke. Driver actually looked like he recovered nicely from initial left turn, if his front brakes were maybe a bit stronger he may have reduced speed to flick it successful through the final bend.
Aug 13, 2013 5:51 pm
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docstef75
For me the smoke come from the front right tire. Look at 15sec in the first video.
Aug 13, 2013 6:12 pm
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ScottSinger
Your right - front brakes lock up
Aug 13, 2013 6:52 pm
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oziseb
Most professional drivers who's car sees a lot of track action (such as this Jag), prefer not to have ABS active. I'm guessing this one had its ABS, ESP, TC fuses removed.
Aug 14, 2013 10:12 pm
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Aesthetics
solid point but if you look at the rear wheels, they did not lock up on grass which is slippery if the driver still had his foot to the brakes. my theory is that, the reason the jag was on the wrong line exiting the prior bend was because the right wheel brakes were about to lock up, pulling the car to the right reasoning why the jag could not recover its line and end up on the inner line of the next corner which upon locking up resulted in understeer all the way to the barrier
Aug 15, 2013 2:08 pm
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oziseb
Depends on amount of brake bias front to rear. my guess is - he just f'd up!
Aug 17, 2013 2:33 am
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docstef75
The driver was too fast in the first curve so he missed the right traiectory in the second. In this case abs would have been very useful. However, fortunately, only a few scratches.
Aug 13, 2013 5:19 pm
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donocs
I think it's worse than just scratches, it looks like the front left control arms were bent, in the first video at 27 seconds you can see the the bottom of the wheel is tilting inwards
Aug 13, 2013 5:26 pm
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docstef75
You have to admit that it could go much worse, considering the velocity. But... Ok, only a few... big scratches!
Aug 13, 2013 6:04 pm
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Cale24
BMW could reference this in their advertising and sell more M3s and M5s. 'Should've bought an M.'
Aug 13, 2013 5:15 pm
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Godfather
That's only if they make it which would be hard in any rear wheel drive.
Aug 13, 2013 6:10 pm
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surubutna
Ahah, my first thought: 'with the M5 this didn't happen'
Aug 13, 2013 6:12 pm
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andreas350z
an M would have crashed too if the driver missed the apex
Aug 13, 2013 7:26 pm
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Cale24
VERY obviously sarcasm, lost on the Evangelicals that frequent this site.
Aug 23, 2013 4:53 pm
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tazcubed
It's never nice to see a good car get bruised.
Aug 13, 2013 5:11 pm
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SPORTINGUISTA_29
I agree with you!
Aug 13, 2013 8:08 pm
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