There’s a new star at the head of this year’s Tour de France cycle race, but not one to give Team Sky’s defending champion Chris Froome sleepless nights.
Team Sky is using our head-turning Ford Mustang as a scouting car during the gruelling 3,519 kilometre race.
For each of the 21 race stages, Rod Ellingworth, Head of Performance Operations for Team Sky, covers the course ahead of the riders. And the Team Sky Mustang with special black and blue livery is getting almost as much attention as Froome and his teammates.
“Spectators love the Team Sky Mustang — I’ve never seen anything like it in cycling,” Ellingworth said. “People call to me and gesture for me to drive towards them. The other teams want to know more about the car. Even the police stopped me, because they wanted to see the Mustang up close.”
From the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang, Ellingworth provides information to the team on upcoming wind direction and weather, road conditions and layouts, and dangerous bends or narrow sections.
To help perform this vital role, the Team Sky Mustang is equipped with radios to monitor the race’s special Radio Tour broadcasts to communicate with other team members, a TV to follow the race coverage, and an attention-grabbing horn to warn spectators in the road ahead.
Ford is Team Sky’s exclusive supplier of cars and vans. In addition to the Mustang, the Team Sky fleet includes Mondeo Estate, Mondeo 5-door, S-MAX, Edge, and Transit models.