Jag gives Froome more zoom! Coventry-based carmaker helps build bike to give cycling champ fresh shot at Tour de France glory
Sporty fun at city park
ENGINEERS at Coventrybased car giant Jaguar could help the reigning British Tour de France champion Chris Froome defend his title.
The local firm has joined forces with the Team Sky road cycling team and Pinarello, the Italian bike maker, to develop the new cutting edge Pinarello Dogma F8 bicycle.
Jaguar – which has its global headquarters in Whitley and a base in Gaydon – has used its advanced aerodynamic knowledge and facilities to help create the bike.
And the resulting machine has won praise from last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who said: “This is a bike on which I know I can win another Tour de France.”
Jaguar engineers developed the frame specially to improve the aerodynamics of the tube profiles and reduce the drag of components mounted to the frame. The painstaking work involved more than 300 Computational Fluid Dynamic ‘virtual’ runs being carried out – using the same methods to optimise the aerodynamics of new Jaguar Land Rover cars.
The drag of every single component was measured, and single modifications analysed and compared before wind tunnel work was used to verify the tests.
The Dogma F8’s first race will be the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts on June 8, but its major test will be the Tour de France, whose ‘Grand Depart’ leg starts in Leeds on July 5.
Despite being a partner with Team Sky for several years, it’s the first time the car maker’s technical expertise has been used by the team and Jaguar has now been made official ‘innovation partner’.
Jon Darlington, Jaguar Land Rover head of aerodynamics, said: “Jaguar has very advanced CFD capability and we have a great deal of computational power, so we can turn around a lot of different configurations in high resolution very quickly.”
Pinarello CEO Fausto Pinarello added: “The best bike in the world, I think, has got even better, and Jaguar helped us to deliver that.”
Sir Dave Brailsford, team principal of Team Sky, said access to Jaguar Land Rover’s technical resources will help Team Sky to be even more competitive in future.
He added: “With the experience and knowledge of Jaguar’s perform-
ance engineers, combined with Pinarello’s world class reputation in frame building and Team Sky’s elite level expertise, we have created an excellent bike. ”
Team Sky and Chris Froome are the defending champions for the iconic race. The team also chalked up a historic win in 2012 with Sir Bradley Wiggins.
“The difference was obvious when I first rode the Dogma F8,” said Froome. “This is a bike on which I know I can win another Tour de France – I am going to be doing everything possible to make that happen.” A BIG Lunch event will be held at a Coventry park this weekend.
Activities on offer in Spencer Park, Earlsdon, on Sunday will include tennis and bowls.
Held by the Friends of Spencer Park group, the event is part of the nationwide Big Lunch initiative. A varity of games will be on offer at the park from 12-4pm, with tennis and bowls coaching available.
Jaguar engineers have helped design the Pinarello Dogma F8 bicycle, to be used by Tour de France winner Chris Froome, right, and Team Sky