Team Sky gets 2 bespoke Jaguar XF Sportbrake models for Tour de France

Article by Anita Panait, on June 30, 2012

Jaguar Cars has turned over two customized editions of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford as the team prepares to challenge the prestigious biking tournament Tour de France. The bespoke Jaguar XF Sportbrakes will serve as the Sky Team’s race support cars, as part of Jaguar’s role as the team’s official supplier. 

With the heavy favourite Bradley Wiggins on its fold, the Sky Team is aiming to capture the prized yellow jersey of the Tour de France after 21 days of racing that ends in Paris. In order to meet the needs of the Sky Team, Jaguar developed and adapted the XF Sportbrake in close consultation with  the team.

The race support cars feature customised roof racks and race radios as well as TVs. The Sky Team now possesses a high performance, luxury vehicle that could cater to its ever-changing support demands on the road during its racing calendar.

Jaguar will celebrate its partnership with Team Sky during the Tour by producing and releasing video documentaries of the life of the XF Sportbrake. The first video documentary could be viewed on Jaguar’s You Tube, Twitter and Facebook channels. Jaguar’s team-embedded Performance Engineer will be blogging about his experiences with the Sky Team throughout Tour de France.

Jaguar XF has long been well-received around the world. Jaguar took it a step further by extending both its practicality and versatility while making sure the core values remain which are showing muscular elegance while offering a dynamic drive experience and having modern luxury. The result is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake which actually utilizes many features of the redesign 2012 XF saloon.

The 2012 XF was redesigned to have a more assertive look in order to be in line with the XJ and it even has the new lightblade headlamp technology. However, the XF Sportbrake is completely new starting from the B-pillar and going to the rear. This gives it a different appeal especially with the tightly-drawn line on the side window and then highlighted with a polish finish.

Then there is the flowing rear window graphic which rises to the waist going to the roofline and thus gives the XF Sportbrake that broad-shouldered and dynamic stance. Since the approach used for the exterior of the XF Sportbrake was prompted by the design, this allowed for its practicality to be maximized. For instance, with the roofline being extended, this meant that those sitting in the rear would be able to experience an extra headroom of 48 mm.

The seats in the rear allow for a 60:40 split and there is even a ski hatch integrated. With remote-fold levers being placed in the load-space opening, this guaranteed that the seats can be stowed at once resulting in a cargo volume of as much as 1.675 liters.

Jaguar Cars Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark shared that the XF is the best symbol of the sporting dynamic the brand is known for especially with the performance and the alluring design. Complementing these values in the XF Sportbrake are its versatility and practicality, he continued.

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