Ford en de “Sky” wielerploeg zijn al sedert enkele jaren partners . Nu pakken ze voor de “Tour de France” uit met wel heel bijzondere volgwagens voor de ploeg . Hierbij het persbericht:
Ford Adds Striking White Focus RS for Tour de France to
Celebrate Two-Year Partnership Extension with Team Sky
• Ford’s role as exclusive supplier of vehicles for Team Sky cycling extended to end of 2019
• Focus RS with Option Pack in white Team Sky livery is Tour de France support and scouting
• Special RS features custom bike rack and seats, can handle 350 kg of added weight
• Decals celebrate Ford’s successful partnership with Team Sky, including more than 50 wins
COLOGNE, Germany, June 27, 2017 – Ford Motor Company today announced it will extend its
partnership with Team Sky for a further two years, as the elite cycling team’s exclusive supplier
of cars and vans through 2019.
“Racing on two wheels is increasingly capturing the imagination of sports fans across Europe –
and is underpinned by the best possible support on four wheels. We are excited to continue to
support Team Sky in their pursuit of further cycling success,” said Roelant de Waard, vice
president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.
To celebrate, Ford developed a special version of the new Focus RS with Option Pack for the
2017 Tour de France. Sporting a striking new white livery that matches Team Sky’s special
edition Tour de France jerseys, the Focus RS with Option Pack will lead Team Sky’s fleet for the
Tour, which starts on July 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The performance and handling of the
Focus RS will be essential for following the riders, who achieve speeds of up to 70 km/h, as
they negotiate the 14-kilometre time trial course. During race stages, it will be the daily recon
car, scouting in front of the riders to recce the road ahead.
The fleet also includes white liveried Ford Mondeo wagons featuring Ford Intelligent All Wheel
Drive (AWD), as well as S-MAX, Edge and Transit vehicles, which Team Sky has been using
since the partnership was first announced at the start of 2016. Since then the team has enjoyed
51 wins with the cars covering more than 40,000 kilometres.
The Team Sky Focus RS with Option Pack, with mechanical limited-slip differential, has a
custom-made bicycle rack and Recaro seats that were specially developed for Team Sky. The
seats are flatter and enable the driver and support team more freedom to move inside the car –
and safely lean out when assisting riders at high speeds. These non-shell seats also make it
easier to quickly get in and out of the car in race situations.
As with the Mondeo wagons used by Team Sky’s sport directors and managers, the Focus RS
has been modified to handle ever-changing race scenarios, road conditions and weather. They
are also prepared to cope with more than 350 kilograms of added weight, including team
members, spare bikes and wheels, drink bottles, tools, and even a large coolbox. Team carers
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and VIPs use AWD-equipped Ford S-MAX sports activity vehicles and Edge sports utility
“We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Ford – a company with the same
principles of tackling challenges that we at Team Sky have,” said Sir David Brailsford, team
principal at Team Sky. “Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and
support makes them an integral part of our team.”
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Ford vehicles to be used by Team Sky.
Sports Directors 7 Mondeo Wagon AWD
Carer Vehicle 4 S-MAX AWD
Carer Vehicle SUV 2 Edge AWD
Management Vehicle 3 Mondeo Wagon AWD
VIP Vehicle 2 S-MAX AWD
People Carriers 4 Tourneo Custom
Vans 2 Transit Jumbo 3.5t
Time Trial and Recon Vehicle 1 Focus RS with Option Pack