If you are one of those who works with one eye on the computer and the other on the Tour de France, you will certainly find this forgotten prototype from 2014 interesting. It is the Jaguar F-Type R Tour de France, developed by the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) department of Jaguar Land Rover.
The British brand and Team Sky signed a sponsorship agreement with the Tour de France in 2010. This car is the result of this alliance and was baptized during the 20e stage of the Tour de France in 2014, where it served as a support vehicle.
It was notably during a 54 km time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux that the sports car stood out. It has an exclusively designed roof rack in which there were two Pinarello frames and spare wheels.
It was also equipped with several radios to give the riders important information, such as the times in the intermediate points or the different danger zones that the riders had to cross.
In terms of aesthetics, the coupe was decorated according to the Team Sky team. This includes a black body as well as a wide blue stripe that goes all the way around the car from front to back. The team name was marked on the doors and next to it were other sponsors.
The interior has been conveniently customized with the same colors as the exterior. Thus, black dominated, but blue also had its place at the level of the storm doors, the seats and the central console.
The Jaguar F-Type R Tour de France retained the original engine, namely a 5.0 liter V8, supercharged by a supercharger, which declared 550 hp at 6,500 rpm and 680 Nm at just 3,500 rpm / min.
This block was combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, which channels all the power to both axles through an all-wheel drive system. As you might expect, the performance was exceptional: 300 km / h at top speed and only 4.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h.