As part of their extended partnership with Team Sky for 2017 and the Tour de France Ford Europe have supplied this striking one-off version of their acclaimed hot-hatch.
Continuing the role as the elite cycling team’s exclusive supplier of cars and vans for a further two years, the Focus RS Option Pack pictured sports a new white livery that matches Team Sky’s special edition Tour de France jerseys, and will lead the team’s fleet for the Tour, which starts on July 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential, the Team Sky Focus RS Option Pack has a specially designed custom made bicycle rack and Recaro seats. These are flatter to enable the driver and support team more freedom to move inside the car – and safely lean out when helping riders at high speeds. Non-shell seats also make it easier to quickly get in and out of the car in race situations.
The performance and handling of the Focus RS will be essential for following the riders 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.
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. The cars 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 and VIPs use AWD equipped Ford S MAX sports activity vehicles and Edge sports utility vehicles.
Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe
“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.”
The fleet also includes white liveried 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 when the team has enjoyed 51 wins and the cars have covered more than 40,000 kilometres.
Sir David Brailsford, team principal at Team Sky
“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. Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and support makes them an integral part of our team.”