Much to everyone’s surprise, Team Sky announced over the weekend, that they were ditching their Jaguar team vehicles in favor of Fords for 2016.
As of today, the British team shared a couple of spurious images of their new fleet, along with a video, while training in Mallorca.
As we joked in our first article, Austin Powers will never again look at his favorite British cycling team in the same way. 😮
from Team Sky…
Team Sky is thrilled to announce a new multi-year partnership agreement with Ford as the team’s exclusive supplier of cars and vans.
Liveried in the distinctive blue and black Team Sky colors, Ford’s latest vehicles will support our busy program from the start of 2016, backing up the team both in and out of races.
The most visible cars in the peloton will be the Ford Mondeo wagons used by our Sports Directors and team mechanics. These will be joined by a range of other Ford vehicles with the in-car technologies for any race and any environment.
All Kuga sports utility vehicles and S-MAX sports activity vehicles, as well as two of the Mondeo Wagons will be equipped with Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology ready for tough Belgian cobbles or Alpine descents. This technology measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds.
“Our new partnership with Team Sky is a fantastic opportunity to embrace this vibrant sport, and to connect with a new audience of passionate cycling fans,” said Anthony Ireson, director, Marketing Communication, Ford of Europe. “This partnership enables us to showcase Ford’s latest products right at the heart of the action to both the avid cycling fans that line the route of these incredible road races and those that tune in from around the world.”
Currently in use at the team’s Mallorcan training base, the vehicles will make their race debut in the first event of the European season at the Mallorca Challenge, starting on Thursday 28 January.
“Ford is the perfect partner for Team Sky, sharing our core values of combining technology and innovation to meet the specific and often varied demands needed in any high performance environment,” said Sir David Brailsford, Team Principal at Team Sky. “As we embark on our racing programme, Ford’s range of vehicles will play a vital role for Team Sky delivering the right car for the right environment as we strive towards even greater success and more race wins in 2016 and beyond.”
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