Ford is marking the extension of its official car supplier partnership with the Team Sky cycling team by rolling out a custom-built white Focus RS that will be used as scouting car when the 2017 Tour starts on July 1 in Dusseldorf.
Originally a blue Focus RS, Ford Performance has wrapped it to replicate special edition Team Sky Tour de France jerseys. It’s also fitted custom bike racks to the roof, similar to the white Ford Mondeo estates used by Team Sky sports directors and managers.
And, yes, it can drift even with the Team Sky Pinarello bikes loaded up, as the video below proves…
Video: Team Sky Ford Focus RS
The Team Sky Focus RS boasts specially developed Recaro race seats, which let those sat within move around more freely – and lean out of the car more safely when helping riders. It’s able to handle 350kg of added weight, which can include team members, spare bikes, drinks bottles, tools and a cool box.
“Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and support makes them an integral part of our team,” said famously meticulous Team Sky team principal Sir David Brailsford.
“Racing on two wheels is increasingly capturing the imagination of sports fans across Europe, “said Ford of Europe vice president Roelant de Waard. This is all “underpinned by the best possible support on our wheels.”
Team Sky has been using Fords since 2016, and the two-year deal extension means it will now do so until 2019. A total of 25 Ford cars and vans are used by the team, including:
- 10 Ford Mondeo estate – used by sports directors and management
- 6 Ford S-Max – carer and VIP vehicle
- 2 Ford Edge – carer vehicle SUV
- 4 Ford Tourneo Custom – people carriers
- 2 Ford Transit Jumbo – bike vans
- … And the Ford Focus RS – Time Trial and recon vehicle
Since partnering with Ford, Team Sky has scored over 50 race wins – and has cumulatively covered almost 25,000 miles.