Ford is to exclusively supply support cars and vans for Team Sky – the elite cycling team.
Tour de France
Team Sky, which has won the legendary Tour de France three times, will be using Ford’s latest vehicles for racing events such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.
“Our new partnership with Team Sky is a fantastic opportunity to embrace this vibrant sport, and to connect with a new audience of passionate cycling fans,” said Anthony Ireson of Ford Europe. “This partnership enables us to showcase our latest products right at the heart of the action to both the avid cycling fans that line the route of these incredible road races and those that tune in from around the world.”
Liveried in the distinctive blue and black Team Sky colours, the most visible cars in the peloton will be the Ford Mondeo estates used by the team’s sports directors and team mechanics. These will be joined by a range of other Ford vehicles with in-car technologies suited for any race and any environment.
All Kuga and S-MAX vehicles, as well as two of the Mondeo estates will be equipped with Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology, ready for tough Belgian cobbles or Alpine descents. This technology measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds.
“Ford is the perfect partner for Team Sky, sharing our core values of combining technology and innovation to meet the specific and often varied demands needed in any high performance environment,” said Sir David Brailsford, of Team Sky. “As we embark on our racing programme, Ford’s range of vehicles will play a vital role for Team Sky, delivering the right car for the right environment as we strive towards even greater success and more race wins in 2016 and beyond.”
The Ford-Team Sky partnership kicks off at the Majorca Challenge races, starting on Thursday 28 January.