Photos: Sabine’s “Ring Taxi” at the Performance Center in Spartanburg

BMW M5 | October 25th, 2010 by 17
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During his recent trip at the BMW Performance Center in Sparatanburg, our friend Manny spotted the famous BMW M5 Ring Taxi that served as a …

During his recent trip at the BMW Performance Center in Sparatanburg, our friend Manny spotted the famous BMW M5 Ring Taxi that served as a the Ring Taxi at the equally famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The car belongs to one of BMW’s most famous professional drivers, Sabine Schmitz, and apparently the E60 M5 is ready to retire at the Performance Center in Spartanburg.

According to Manny, Sabine Schmitz will be the first person to take delivery of the new F10 M5 and the event will take place sometimes in September of 2011. The new M5 will make its debut in a concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, but the official production car will be unveiled at Frankfurt Auto Show later that fall.

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The E60 M5 served as a Ring Taxi for the past 6 years and those of you who had a chance to experience the “Green Hell” at Nurburgring, have certainly enjoyed the fast and breathtaking laps.

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BMW M5 Ring Taxi Photo Gallery

17 responses to “Photos: Sabine’s “Ring Taxi” at the Performance Center in Spartanburg”

  1. Hari G says:

    Hey Horatiu, I think it’s called Ring Taxi… not Ring Tax.

  2. Laszlo says:

    yes, we saw this car… did not think much of it. Its parked around not driven much.
    The burgundy M5 next to it however got a good use not long ago. 30 minute drifting in a rain by one of t he performance center driver… with 3 of us in a car :-)
    He killed every single cone on the track. Since it was wet, the tires survived w/o drama and we had a blast.

  3. SCA says:

    I saw the Ring Taxi, E60 M5 being put to good use at the Performance Center the weekend of EuroFest (10/16).

  4. Russell says:

    “The E60 M5 served as a Ring Taxi for the past 6 years” – but not THIS E60 M5. There have been many, many Ring Taxis. My first ride, with Sabine, was in a pre-facelift car, and at the time it was one of three – 2 at the track plus one at the nearby technology centre. Last time I was there, it was LCI cars. The cars are only used for one season, and even then there is a tremendous amount of replacement of parts during the season. A quick Google Image search will show you LOTS of different rego numbers on the E60 taxis. Helluva ride, though – remains one of the highlights of my life!

  5. Tom says:

    This cannot be it. If you look at the trunklid, its the USA version (for our plate size)
    Therefore, it cant be a ring car.

  6. Giom says:

    What ever the details around this car… each one of you that have had the chance to go round the ring with Ssbine are LUCKY!

  7. BMW Fans says:

    BEST TAXI EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ///M5Manny says:

    There’s 4 of these old Ring Taxis there. Look at the bottom photo I took. There’s 2 there and the top picture is a different car all together. Donnie told me they use them for “hotlaps” with clients with instructors driving.

    The point is, Germany is starting the process of preparing the new F10 M5 for Ring Taxi duties. If you all remember when the E60 was launched, Sabine had the first car for Ring Duty. Also means, we’re getting closer to a new F10 M5 launch……it’s going to be a beast!

  9. T says:

    It is a US specification M5 with “Ring Taxi” details on it. It was adapted for when miss Schmitz was over the pond at a US event driving for BMW.

  10. ///M5Manny says:

    She needed 4 of them??

    • Ted Spahr says:

      The Nurburing takes it’s toll…

    • BIMMER1 says:

      Sabine driving a car on the ring probably equates to more stress and wear on a car in a few weeks than a street car expierences in it’s entire life of several years or even decades of normal use. That’s why most race cars get torn down and rebuilt from the chassis up all the time, sometimes between every single race if necessary. The forces applied are that much greater. And with the way they build cars today (built to last maybe 10 years before the end of it’s lifecycle) this holds true now more than ever.

  11. wazon8 says:

    She is the right person to get M5 f10. Hope she will show what the new M5 will be capable of.

  12. Doug says:

    Isn’t she one of the hosts of the german Top Gear show?

  13. E90M3 says:

    Maybe Manny is right about the F10 M5 delivery and about other unseen M5s at Spartanburg, but the photo does not show a genuine M5 “Ring Taxi” — if by genuine we mean driven in Germany, on the Nordschleife. Only German-spec M5’s are run by the Ring Taxi team. (whether E39s or currently E60s). I’ve literally lived at the Ring and have followed the Ring taxi on many a lap; they were not US spec cars (which with the yellow reflectors and US-plate space stand out to anyone with a keen M eye).

    I can’t recall where I read this, but it was my understanding that the Ring Taxis were demolished after their time on the Ring. I’d be suprised if BMW would ship a beaten up M5 from D to USA…

  14. kkrbns says:

    I am an MBA student working on research about loyal BMW M5 customers. I am in need of BMW M5 owners who would be willing to speak with me about their thoughts and feelings about M5 for this project. Any idea how I could find people who would help?

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