Jaguar have engineered and built a bespoke F-Type Coupe to be used as a support vehicle for Team Sky’s Tour de France effort.
The high-performance support car will back the team during Stage 20 of the race, where the riders will cycle from Bergerac to Périgueux.
Development of the one-off F-Type comes following the launch of the F-Type R Coupe, the most performance-focused production car that Jaguar has to date.
Based on the F-Type R, the custom Team Sky model will come complete with the same 542bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine.
Long-time supporter of Team Sky
Global brand experience director for Jaguar Land Rover, Mark Cameron, said: “Jaguar has supplied high performance support vehicles to Team Sky since its first season in 2010.
“The development of this F-Type Coupe is the latest example of our shared belief to push the boundaries and provide technologically innovative solutions, both on and off the bike.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations team, who were behind both the F-Type R and the new concept, were specifically told to develop a single vehicle for the team
A completely unique vehicle
As a result, the Team Sky F-Type is totally unique and the company have said that there are no plans to put the Team Sky one-off into production.
Custom features for the team include a new racking feature to carry two of the team’s bikes, while the exterior is finished in Team Sky’s livery.
Other specifications include an electric supply in the boot to power radios, microphones, horns and televisions to provide communications between riders and the team’s sports director.
Sir Dave Brailsford, team principal at Team Sky, said: “Jaguar is an iconic British brand that has been an integral partner for Team Sky for over four years.
“We have already benefitted from their high performance credentials and expertise in technological capabilities and engineering innovations, particularly with the recent development of the Pinarello Dogma F8. This F-Type concept is a world class vehicle that will help get the best out of the team on the TT stages.”
In addition to supporting Team Sky through their previous Tour de France victories in 2012 and 2013, Jaguar Land Rover also recently made a world-first achievement with Team Sky’s leader Chris Froome.
The carmaker partnered with the cyclist to help him become the first person to cycle through the length of the Channel Tunnel earlier this month.