When you are a Tour de France Team Sky cyclist, you ride in style thanks to sponsors such as Rapha and Oakley. Your custom-made Pinarello Dogma F8 bike also gets the VIP treatment, in the form of the sexiest transportation a bike could probably receive—a Jaguar F-Type with a bike rack.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations designed a version of the 5-liter V8 supercharge engine coupe specifically for the Tour's Stage 20 time trial. The coupe comes complete with a unique Team Sky paint job, a built-in rear bike rack, and a separate electric supply in the trunk to power the team director's radios and televisions. With 550 horses, if this car can't keep up with time-trial riders, no car will.
"This F-Type concept is a world-class vehicle that will help get the best out of the team on the TT stages," said Team Sky general manager Sir David Brailsford in a Team Sky press release. "The development of this F-Type Coupé 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 Coupé during Stage 20 will also of course bring added attention to Team Sky."
With only seven remaining riders still in the Tour after Chris Froome's withdrawal, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's termination, and Richie Porte's illness, Team Sky needs every opportunity to "get the best" out of the rest of the race.