The Tour de France is just days away from its last stage and Jaguar, as an official partner of Team Sky, has decided to make the best of its new special operations division to manufacture an exclusive Jaguar F-Type for assistance tasks, yes, you have read correctly, for assistance tasks. The new department of Jaguar, destined to manufacture unique editions of models like the Jaguar F-Type, seems to have no limits in terms of imagination or productive capacity, and it is that this new creature dons the overalls to assist the cyclists of the Team Sky. Best of all will be discovering how the F-Type R’s exhausts roar on the 50-kilometer stage that separates Bergerac from Périgueux, so you may now have a good reason to become a cycling fan.
The Jaguar F-Type R Coupé represents the heights of sportiness in the British house. The penultimate evolution of the 5.0 V8 supercharged by a volumetric compressor reaches a maximum power of 550 hp. But oddly enough, the best thing is this V8 is not in its horsepower, and it is that thanks to a torque of 680 Nm available from just 2,500 rpm and capable of stretching up to 5,500 rpm, the time that the F-Type R needs to execute the 0-100 Km it is just 4.2 seconds.
But let’s go to the reason for this special preparation. Although we can think that the perfect vehicle to do the assistance tasks in the Tour de France is a Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Jaguar have thought that adding a 550 hp F-Type would be a more interesting option. Certainly, it seems difficult to find a better setting for thousands of people to be captivated by the sound emanating from these eight cylinders.
At Jaguar headquarters SVO, Special Vehicle Operations, the tailgate has been redesigned to accommodate two signature Pinarello bikes along with two spare wheels. For this, the rear window has been replaced by a carbon fiber cover in which the relevant fasteners have been added. Inside, the multimedia system has been used to add direct communication with the team: radio, television, microphones, walkie-talkies, etc.
Jaguar’s customization work has focused on introducing the reasons for the collaboration with Team Sky. In addition to the exterior vinyl with the large central strip as the protagonist, the interior has been upholstered the seats, doors and console in identical configuration. Beyond the fact that the chosen color is the official sponsor for script requirements, it is fair to admit that turquoise blue suits the interior of the F-Type very well.
After seeing the spectacular Jaguar F-Type Project 7, it seems that this R variant adapted for service work is not the best that has been conceived in SVO. However, Jaguar’s intention is none other than to show that its special operations department is not afraid of eccentricities. If your desire is to enjoy a barchetta in the middle of 2014, it is possible, but if what you are looking for is a 550 hp sports car capable of reconciling your love of cycling, at Jaguar they also have the perfect car for you.
Next July 26 will be the date chosen by Jaguar to take this Jaguar F-Type R Coupé out for a ride. As we mentioned at the beginning, if you are not a cycling fan, this Saturday you may not mind turning on the television and looking for the live broadcast of the Tour de France. It will be curious to see how the usual Tour soundtrack, the crowd that accompanies the cyclists, is camouflaged by the gurgling of the F-Type R Coupé as it navigates in a sea of family vehicles laden with bicycles and wheels.