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

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Jenny Wadding­ton Busi­ness edi­tor

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

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