Jaguar’s incoming F-Pace SUV will make something of a public debut at this year’s Tour de France cycling classic.
The SUV will be an official support vehicle for Team Sky, but the carmaker says it’s only a “prototype” and will be wearing a Tour de France-themed “light camouflage”.
The F-Pace will accompany Team Sky riders during Stage One of the event, with Jaguar saying the new model's ‘class-leading’ boot space will come in handy for carrying drinks, energy gels, clothing, tools and spare parts for the team’s bikes.
Team Sky rider Chris Froome sampled the F-Pace experience during a recent training camp, when the new SUV’s credentials as a support vehicle were tested.
"The F-Pace is awesome - it has all of the same high-performance road dynamics and support package the team gets from its Jaguar vehicles, only this time in a performance crossover,” Froome said.
"Team Sky is built around performance, and Jaguar's engineering expertise and technological innovations, especially over the last 12 months co-engineering the Pinarello DOGMA F8 and DOGMA K8-S bikes, consistently helps get the best out of the team. I'm sure the F-Pace will be no different."
Aside from demonstrating its wares to the public, the F-Pace prototype will also show off a “cutting-edge bike-racking solution” designed to optimise the quick release of bikes - developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.
Stage One of the Tour involves a 13.7km course in The Netherlands, which takes the riders south towards Belgium. This will be the only stage where the F-Pace is used as a support vehicle.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Pace is scheduled for an official unveiling at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and will go on sale in various markets from 2016.
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