Tour de France 2014: Jaguar unveils Team Sky TT concept car

Over-the-top team car built specifically for Tour's only time trial

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While Team Sky hasn’t had nearly the Tour de France they’d hoped for with the abandon of team leader Chris Froome early on and the plummet in the overall standings by his de facto replacement Richie Porte, the team may just be winning the race in providing value for their sponsors.

From cool edits about riding through the Chunnel to interesting looks inside the team’s musette bags, Sky and their co-sponsors have managed to sidestep the familiar clichés and developed an aesthetic that works well for all the premium-tier brands involved–Sky, Jaguar, Rapha, and Pinarello among them.

In what may be the most over-the-top execution yet, carmaker Jaguar just released a video detailing a specially prepped F-Type concept coupe in advance of Saturday’s 54km individual time trial from Bergerac to Périgueux. The car features an inset bike rack that replaces the rear fastback-style windshield with wheel wells for a pair of spare TT bikes and extra wheels.

No word yet on whether it tests faster than competitor team cars in the wind tunnel.


About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • William Parsons says:

    Tata is the parent company but they are still designed and built by Jaguar Land Rover in England.

  • special eyes says:

    I’ve seen the new F Type Jag around my town, so it may already be available as a production vehicle. What a looker!

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