The BMW 'Ring Taxi is famous the world over for letting paying customers experience a lap of the Nurburgring at full-throttle with a seasoned racing driver. And going "full-throttle" sometimes means someone is going to bin it, right into the barriers.
Jag built this particular matte-grey XJ Supersport for Ring Taxi duty. This lap, uh, didn't go perfectly.
An eight-car crash on the Nürburgring Nordschleife earlier today sent one driver to the hospital with serious injuries, claimed a rented Corvette Z06 and put one of the new BMW M3 "ring taxis" out of commission. It also caused more than $130,000 in property damage.
Reports of the Ring Taxi's demise — formerly shuttling enthusiasts around the Nürburgring under control of blonde motoring goddess Sabine Schmitz — were half right. Schmitz and her M5 are gone, with inferior Sabine-less BMW M3 Nürburgring Taxis replacing it. Update!
Sabine Schmitz grew up in her mother's motel next to Germany's famous Nürburgring track. She met some of the world's best drivers and became a racing driver herself. But her day job? Flogging people around Germany in a taxi.
Everyone's favorite Nürburgring Taxi driver, Sabine Schmitz, is coming to America to race in Grand Am Koni Challenge events at New Jersey Motorsport Park and Iowa Speedway. Sitting behind the wheel of a VW GTI race car, Sabine will be filling in for Randy Pobst at APR Motorsport. Sadly, we'll only be graced by her…