Jaguar has partnered with Team Sky since the professional cycling team’s first season in 2010, and the collaboration has now birthed a bespoke Jaguar F-Type R Coupe support vehicle. Set to join the Team Sky riders on the Tour de France’s Stage 20 time trial from Bergerac to Périgueux, the one-off Jaguar F-Type bears a host of visual visual and equipment upgrades in addition to its 5.0-liter, 550-hp supercharged V-8.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations custom designed and assembled the Team Sky Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, clad in striking black-and-light-blue livery inside and out. The rear-wheel-drive coupe is fitted with a special bike-rack system that can hold two bikes and as many spare wheels, locked directly into custom-built slots in the trademark fastback roof. To support and communicate with Team Sky competitors, this Jaguar F-Type R Coupe also carries an electric supply in the trunk to power team radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns, and televisions.
This will be the first time a Jaguar F-Type has participated in the Tour de France as a support vehicle, after the Jaguar XF Sportbrake served in the same role in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While the functional XF wagon seems perhaps the more sensible decision, owing to its far greater cargo capacity, we can’t blame Jaguar and Team Sky for succumbing to the elusive roar of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe’s supercharged V-8.
As of now Jaguar is not planning to bring any version of the one-off F-Type's bike-carrying system to production, although we can’t help but wonder what fruit might bear from the brand’s SVO arm getting an up-close look at the roaring F-Type R. The British automaker already confirmed to Automobile that the SVR badge first seen on the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR would be attached to all future high-performance models from JLR, which means the F-Type R-S could get a new name and perhaps some concomitant changes. Recently, Jaguar confirmed it would build a limited run of the special F-Type Project 7 speedster.