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Ford Announces Partnership Deal with Team Sky to Become the Elite Cycling Team’s Exclusive Supplier of Cars and Vans

  • Ford Motor Company enters a multi-year partnership agreement with Team Sky to become the elite cycling team’s exclusive supplier of cars and vans
  • The three-time Tour de France winners will feature Ford’s latest vehicles to support its racing and non-racing programme
  • Team Sky to drive Ford Mondeo wagon, S-MAX sports activity vehicle and Kuga SUV, plus Tourneo Custom people mover and Transit van

LONDON, Jan. 12, 2016 – Ford today announced a new multi-year partnership agreement with Team Sky as the elite cycling team’s exclusive supplier of cars and vans.

Team Sky, which has won the legendary Tour de France three times in the past four years with Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be using Ford’s latest vehicles to support its racing programme from the start of 2016. This will include the three annual Grand Tour events comprising the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.

“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.”

The partnership agreement affords Team Sky access to a range of Ford vehicles to provide specific support for all key areas of the Team Sky racing and non-racing programme.

Liveried in the distinctive blue and black Team Sky colours, the most visible cars in the peloton will be the Ford Mondeo wagons used by the team’s 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.

“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.”

The Ford-Team Sky partnership kicks off in late-January in its first race of the European season at the Majorca Challenge races, starting on Thursday Jan. 28

 

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

See table below for details of Ford vehicles to be used by Team Sky.

 

 

2016 Team Sky – Ford vehicle fleet

Vehicle

No.

Team Sky role

Specifications


Ford Mondeo wagon


210 PS Titanium PowerShift




180 PS Titanium PowerShift AWD



210 PS Titanium PowerShift


10

(5)





(2)




(3)




Sports directors – used by sports directors and team mechanics to follow the riders during the race


Sports directors – as above, with all-wheel drive for key races in Northern Europe


Management cars – used by Team Sky senior management


5-seat estate car
2.0-litre TDCi diesel (210 or 180 PS)
6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission
Ford intelligent All Wheel Drive (180 PS models only)

Sports directors vehicles fitted with bespoke bike racks (9 bikes), 3 radio systems to communicate with riders and other team members, plus audio visual equipment


Ford S-MAX


180 PS Titanium PowerShift AWD





180 PS Titanium PowerShift AWD


8

(6)






(2)




Carer cars – used to support the races and move team members around the race locations from hotel start to feed stations and back to hotel


VIP cars – used to transport VIP guests and partners


7-seat sports activity vehicle
2.0-litre TDCi diesel (180 PS)
6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission
Ford intelligent All Wheel Drive

Carer car vehicles fitted with a radio system to communicate with the teams during a stage


Ford Kuga


180 PS Titanium PowerShift AWD





2


Carer car sports utility vehicles (SUVs) – used to support the races and move team members around the race locations from hotel start to feed stations and back to hotel


5-seat SUVs
2.0-litre TDCi diesel (180 PS)
6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission
Ford intelligent All Wheel Drive

Vehicles fitted with a radio system to communicate with the teams during a stage


Ford Tourneo Custom


9-seat Titanium


2


People carriers – used as airport/hotel shuttles to move team members around


9-seat people mover
TDCi diesel (specification tbc)
6-speed manual transmission


Ford Transit Jumbo


155 PS Trend




2


Vans – used as logistics support for each race, carrying all riders’ gear including personal mattresses


3.5 tonne GVW van
2.2-litre TDCi diesel (155 PS)
6-speed manual transmission
Jumbo bodystyle with high roof and extended length (capacity 15.1 m3)

 

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