We’ve already reported that Jaguar is Team Sky’s partner for the 2014 Tour de France and it looks like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe once again came into the attention of the British brand’s Special Vehicle Operations division as part of this partnership. More exactly, Jaguar’s engineers modified an F-Type Coupe to be used during the 20th stage of the prestigious bicycle competition as a support vehicle for one of the riders from Dave Brailsford’s team. During this stage, which is an individual time trial, the support cars can carry bikes for only one racer and not for the entire team. Throughout the rest of the competition, Team Sky has been using a modified Jaguar XF Sportbrake, just like it did in recent recent years.
The special F-Type R is capable of transporting two spare bicycles and is painted in the traditional Sky Team’s blue. Its engine hasn’t been modified, so the F-Type R Coupe support car is powered by the same turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the upgrades list include an electric system that holds the radio transmitters, amplifiers and microphones used by the team to communicate with Tour de France officials, race directors and among themselves. Of course, the special unit is just a marketing stunt and will never go into production.
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