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Jaguar F-Type Tour de France Concept (2014)

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700

By James Clark

First Official Pictures

21 July 2014 10:30

Jaguar’s new Special Vehicle Operations team has built an F-Type R Coupe to act as a support car for Team Sky on stage 20 of the 2014 Tour De France.

The injured Chris Froome, who crashed out of the Tour earlier this month, is hoping to be onboard this weekend as he cheers on the rest of his Sky teammates.

By a mile. Since the concept retains the standard car’s 542bhp supercharged V8, we doubt anything else will come close for raw speed.

This bespoke model will no doubt be the fastest and loudest support vehicle at the event…

Due to the nature of the task at hand, some modifications were essential. A rack capable of carrying two of the team’s bikes has been fitted, as well as a separate electricity supply in the boot and microphones, horns and TVs to aid communication between the riders and the rest of the team.

The F-Type R coupe’s exterior also features Team Sky’s livery, a theme that continues inside.

If you want to see (and hear) the unique F-Type, then make sure you’re in the right place at the right time. It will only be used on one stage of the Tour – 20 – taking place between Bergerac and Périgueux on Saturday 26 July 2014.

After this, Team Sky will revert back to using their usual, and probably more practical, XF Sportbrakes.


By James Clark