Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations unveils Team Sky’s F-Type Coupe support vehicle

Article by Christian A., on July 21, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover recently announced its brand new Special Vehicle Operations division and we already seen the F-Type Project 7 as well as the Range Rover Sport SVR. Today, the new division unveiled a high-performance support vehicle based on a bespoke F-Type Coupe.

The new vehicle will be used by Team Sky during Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France that will see riders traverse from Bergerac to Perigueux. The bad news is that Jaguar is not planning to place into series production any version of this unique F-Type Coupe, so if you like bikes you should choose the XFR-S Sportbrake.

The new F-Type Coupe features a new racking solution that can carry two of the team’s Pinarello Bolide TT bikes and comes with an exterior finished in Team Sky’s livery.

Same colours are found inside. The vehicle features a separate electric supplu in the boot that can provide power to the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions in order to support communications between Team Sky’s sports director and the rider.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicle is based on the F-Type R Coupe model, which means it is powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged petrol V8 engine that generates 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque.

As a result, the coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, while top speed is 186 mph or 300 km/h. In the United States, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe starts at $99,000.

This extensive outline is seen as well in the feature outline running back from the vent on the side. Together with the light-catching surface detail over the sill, the outline instils a feeling of speed to the vehicle. The light-catching surface detail also lets the door’s surface wrap around the vehicle’s side, which creates a fuselage impression.

The second heart-line amplifies out to create the brawny rear flank before sloping vividly around the car’s rear. The clean, crisp outlines of the back are possible partly due to the addition of an active rear spoiler that can deploy while driving to lessen aerodynamic lift. The spoiler elevates when the F-Type achieves 60 mph and then goes down to sit flush when driving under 40 mph. Other subtle streamlining aids are a front splitter and a sculptured valance at the rear.

All the aspects of a sports car, proportionally, allow for the existence of something that is exciting visually; inside and out. The brand believes that sports car design’s definition is being able to suit each purpose, enclosing all occupants and mechanics in the most thrilling, sensual, and gorgeous package possible without unnecessary shapes or decoration.

A design should relate a story. This is why each line of an F-Type has a beginning, a course, and an ending. If you approach each line separately and get it as artistically correct as you can and get the proportions correct, that vehicle will stand the test of time.

The headlamps run upright rather than laterally, naturally leading the eye up and along the fender’s crease. Technology facilitated the F-Type’s design motif. While the compact xenon unit just needs one projector, the J-Blade LED running lights add emphasis to the heart-line design running throughout the lamp.

Press Release

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Builds F-TYPE Concept to Support Team Sky in Tour de France Stage 20

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.

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.

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