Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany, July 6, 2017 – If, while watching a cycling road race, your eyes have ever strayed from the actual racers to those supporting them in the team cars, you will have noticed that they have a demanding job, too – and that their performance can be the difference between victory and defeat. It is therefore no wonder that the top cycling teams also apply the highest standards when selecting their team cars. The ambitious Team Sky, in its longstanding partnership with Ford of Europe, has chosen the Ford Focus RS as its team car for the 2017 Tour de France. They will be equipped with a Ford Focus RS Option Pack specially configured to the task and boasting customized RECARO seats. With their DNA based in motorsports the “fast” products of the German specialist for sports seats are a perfect match for the team of the three-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
“The driver and passenger seats have been exclusively designed and manufactured for this vehicle,” explains Markus Kussmaul, executive director of the Adient specialty seating group and responsible for the worldwide business of RECARO Performance Car Seating. “They provide team members with excellent lateral support, while at the same time enabling very rapid entry and exit. They also make it easy for team members to lean out of the car to supply the riders. In short, we’ve met all of Team Sky’s requirements.”
Naturally, the covers of the new Focus RS Option Pack seats from RECARO have been impeccably matched to the car and the occasion. In close consultation with Ford and Team Sky, the logos of both companies have been painstakingly embroidered into the covers of all four seats. “The team here at RECARO Automotive Seating was responsible for making the required adjustments to the front seats and their colleagues at Adient were responsible for customizing the rear seats,” notes Kussmaul. “Not only are the results outstanding; they were realized within a really quick timeframe, since the Team Sky seats, of course, had to be perfectly timed with the vehicle’s production. So, a big thank-you to everyone involved for their dedication!”