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2017 Ford Focus RS Makes The Ultimate Tour De France Chase Vehicle

Ford this year is once again throwing its support behind cycling team Team Sky – winners of the 2016 Tour de France bicycle race (and of every Tour de France since 2012 but for one). In fact, the automaker announced that it will serve as a Team Sky partner all the way through 2019, providing chase vehicles in the form of Ford Transits, S-MAXes, Edges, and Mondeo wagons.

And then, for the 104th edition of the Tour de France this year, Ford has cooked up something extra special to lead the Team Sky support fleet: a 2017 Ford Focus RS Option Pack. The car looks rather dashing in its white-and-blue livery, and being a car with the one-year-only Option Pack, it features a limited-slip differential in the front, bright blue painted brake calipers, and special 19-inch wheels in gloss black.

Team Sky’s Ford Focus RS Option Pack has been graced with a few extra changes, as well, like a custom-made bicycle rack, and specially-developed Recaro seats that are flatter than the production design, allowing the support team to more easily move about inside the cabin and lean out to assist riders at speed.

“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,” says Team Sky Principal Sir David Brailsford. “Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and support makes them an integral part of our team.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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