Radford Type 62-2 completes track testing phase

Radford co-founder Jenson Buutton drove the Coachbuilt car to the track.

Radford Type 62-2 has passed a final development track before delivery in 2022. The firm has also revealed performance figures for its Lotus-based model.

In a John Player Special specification, a prototype achieved an electronically limited top speed at 186 mph and a 0-62 mph sprint in just 2.9 seconds. The prototype was able to travel from 0-124mph in 8.4sec. Its 600-bhp power came from a supercharged, 3.5-litre V6.

Jenson Button, a Formula 1 champion, and Radford cofounder, tested the equipment at Hethel. Clive Chapman (the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman) was responsible for overseeing the testing.

Button said, “To finally drive the Type 622-2 for the first-time was clearly a very special moment.” The cockpit already feels like home. It felt great in both high- and low-speed corners and ran flawlessly all day. This is the perfect foundation for the months of setup tweaking that will be required.

“We want this car to be a pure driver’s car that respects Lotus’ DNA but also offers the luxury of Radford.”

The Type 62-2’s prices have not been made public. Once their car is delivered, buyers will be able to join Button at a track-day event.

Radford unveils Type 62-2

The interior of the Lotus Type 62-inspired, two-seat coupe was revealed by the coachbuilder. It made its UK debut at Goodwood Revival in September 2021.

The interior design of this particular variant is influenced by the 1970s F1-inspired JPS Livery. It features a predominantly black design with gold accents, but other liveries are also available.

Carbonfibre is everywhere and an LCD display screen for the driver is located behind the sports steering wheel.

The dashboard has screens at both ends that act as wing mirrors. Handmade, customizable physical switches control all major interior functions. To compensate for the absence of a rear view mirror, a display and camera have been installed.

The Type 62-2 comes with a retro-styled exposed gear linkage, a unique build plaque and a magnetic phone dock that doubles as a wireless charger and mobile phone charger. The Type 62-2 also features a five-speaker audio system, Bluetooth functionality, and wi-fi connectivity. Two Bremont timepieces, one a clock and one a stopwatch to record lap times, are located in the front seat.

Radford claims that the Type 62-2 can accommodate luggage for two people despite its race-inspired design and performance focus. This gives it potential to be used as a touring vehicle.

Radford design chief Mark Stubbs stated: “With this inside, we still want it a Lotus Type 62-2 but with expert craftsmanship, using the finest materials that don’t take away from a lightweight sportscar driving experience.

“This interior is a masterful blend of luxury bespoke and high quality craftsmanship, while still retaining the essence of a sports car.

Everything is driver-centric. It all comes down to experiences. The driver’s experience when they get in and out of their car is crucial. The interior grips you as you drive and encourages you to get in the car.

Specification Type 62-2

Type 62-2 is faithful to the 1960s Lotus racing Lotus. It stands low at 1133mm high with wide wheel arches. Side air intakes are also included. Some models can have rear ducktail spoilers, and the interior is described as “uncluttered” by the company.

At launch, three specifications will be available – John Player Special, Classic and Gold Leaf. Each is inspired by a Lotus motorsport livery. The Toyota-derived 3.5-litre supercharged v6 engine, shared with Lotus’s new Emira sportscar, will drive the vehicle. There are two transmission options: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Type 62-2 is a limited-run model. It features a mid-engined layout and ‘race-inspired underpinnings. Twelve of the 62 units will be built under the John Player Special specification.

Classic Type 62-2 produces 430 bhp and a power-to-weight ratio around 1:1. The output of the Gold Leaf models is increased to 500bhp with upgraded pistons, camshafts, and electronic mapping. The models’ performance numbers are yet to be released.

The Gold Leaf version features design cues that are inspired by Lotus’ original Type 62 race car livery and rear wings. These were used by Lotus to increase downforce during track testing. You can also choose a limited slip differential with the dual-clutch transmission, as well as advanced ABS and traction controls.

John Player Special is the final model in the lineup, with an upgraded supercharger that boosts output to 600 bhp. The styling of the John Player Special is subtle and different. It features a larger front splitter, rear diffuser, and air intakes.

The classic models come with 17in front wheels and 18in back wheels. Gold Leaf cars can have them upgraded to 18in front or 19in rear. All Type 62-2 models have an aluminum chassis and coilover spring suspension with adjustable dampers in all four directions. There is also an optional hydraulic nose lift.

Jenson Button, co-founder of Radford, said that “Creating a car which is both luxurious and comfortable and also great to drive is a difficult challenge. But the Radford of today delivers.” Type 62-2 is a car that can be driven. It looks exactly like a Le Mans car from the 1970s.

The front wheel arches can be seen when you look through the curved windscreen from behind the steering wheel. This is something that road cars don’t have. The car’s body is stable due to its low centre of gravity. He said that the chassis demonstrates all the characteristics of a well-set race car for the road, giving the driver supreme confidence and allowing them to enjoy every moment.

According to the firm, customers will be involved in every stage of their car’s creation, from design stages through engineering milestones and updates. Radford’s California base can also be used by drivers to pick up their cars.

Radford, a US-based coachbuilder, was named after the British coachbuilding company founded in 1948. This year, Lotus has also supported the project. Former Formula 1 world champion JensonButton, Mark Stubbs, and Ant Anstead are the firm’s leaders.