Having introduced the F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division is already off to a great start. Now, only one month since its first creation debuted as the most powerful Jaguar ever built, SVO is back in the spotlight with yet another bespoke interpretation of the F-Type , the Tour de France Special Edition.
Although the name suggests this sports car is a limited-edition model inspired by the multiple-stage bicycle race held annually in France and nearby countries, the F-Type Tour de France is not intended to reach dealerships. The vehicle, because only one was built, will serve as a high-performance support vehicle for British cycling crew Team Sky during Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France. Before you start asking yourselves what’s the deal with Jaguar joining a cycling competition, we should mention the company is the official supplier to Team Sky since 2010.
So are we dealing with a repainted F-Type for marketing purposes? Not quite. This Jag is as bespoke as it gets and can carry two bicycles where its rear window should normally be. Check out all the details after the jump.
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Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France Special Edition in detail
The two Pinarello Bolide TT bicycles perched atop its rear glass area make up for the most intriguing detail surrounding this unique F-Type. Although this setup is hard to imagine, given the sports car’s size, SVO found a rather innovative racking solution by replacing the rear glass with a carbon-fiber piece. The cutouts in the carbon-fiber panel host the rear wheels of the bicycles plus two additional spare wheels, while the roof acts as support for the front wheels, which are held in place by regular racks. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tour de France, competitors occasionally need to change their gear, which is why support vehicles often carry replacement bicycles.
The unique appearance continues with the exterior livery that mirrors the color scheme seen on Team Sky bicycles. A light-blue stripe runs the coupe’s length from the front splitter toward the roof and all the way back above the diffuser, while "Team Sky" graphics and other logos adorn the doors and the rear fenders. The color combo oozes inside, where sections of the seats, door panels and center console are finished in the same light-blue hue. While everything else is standard F-Type gear, Jaguar has included a separate electric supply in the boot to power the radios, amplifiers and microphones fitted in the cabin to serve as means of communication between Team Sky’s director and the riders.
Under the hood of the Tour de France Special Edition lies the same supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine found in the F-Type R Coupe it is based on. The mill generates the same 542 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, more than enough for this F-Type to keep up with Team Sky riders. Jaguar specifically says it does not place to build a production version of the F-Type Tour de France. Not surprising really, but we’re sure Jaguar could find a few eccentric cyclists willing to spend more than $100,000 on one of these fancy bike carriers.
Jaguar has extended its support as an Innovation Partner to Team Sky by designing, engineering and building a bespoke F-TYPE Coupé high performance support vehicle for the team to use during Stage 20 of the race. Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France will see riders traverse from Bergerac to Périgueux.
Development of this bespoke F-TYPE Coupé by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations follows the successful launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé - the most dynamically capable, performance-focused production car Jaguar has ever built, which went on sale worldwide earlier this year. This unique F-TYPE concept vehicle is based on the F-TYPE R Coupé and will be supplied with the same 550PS/680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine.
Jaguar does not plan to place into series production any version of this unique F-TYPE Coupé. Engineers working in the new Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations team were briefed specifically to develop one vehicle for Team Sky, and this exciting version of the F-TYPE sports car is now set to support some of the Team Sky riders on Saturday 26th July during the time trial (TT).
Bespoke features include a new racking solution, which carries two of the team’s Pinarello Bolide TT bikes. The vehicle exterior is finished in Team Sky’s famous livery, with colour ways and other Team Sky graphic design features also present inside the car. Further specifications include a separate electric supply in the boot which provides power to the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions which support communications between Team Sky’s Sports Director and the rider.
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 benefited 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."
JLR Global Brand Experience Director, Mark Cameron added: "Jaguar has supplied high performance support vehicles to Team Sky since its first season in 2010. The development of this F-TYPECoupé is the latest example of our shared belief to push the boundaries and provide technologically innovative solutions, both on and off the bike. The visual impact of the F-TYPE Coupéduring Stage 20 will also of course bring added attention to Team Sky and our unique partnership."
As an Official Supplier to Team Sky since its inception in 2010, Jaguar has been proud to support the team’s back-to-back victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2013, where the British engineering leaders supplied Team Sky with a fleet of all-new high performance Jaguar XF Sportbrakes.