The brand Radford, linked to the famous body shop founded by Harold Radford who since 1948 accompanied the main cars of the most popular British brands with ad hoc projects, from Bentleys to Rolls-Royce, from Aston Martin to Mini, has finally produced a special project. Model 62-2, with livery Gold Leaf dedicated to the racing Lotus of the late sixties, it is the first real international project trodden by the new management formed by Ant Anstead, Mark Stubbs and Jenson Button.
The 2009 Formula 1 World Champion is the testimonial of the Radford 62-2, a two-seater mid-engined coupe inspired by the Lotus Type 62. Gthanks to a height of 1133 mm, wide wheel arches and side air intakes, it is a candidate for the nostalgic model par excellence for lovers of British sports cars from the golden age of ‘garage owners’. Two specs will be available at launch, “Classic” with green color and “Gold Leaf” (cover photo), and both models will feature a Toyota-derived 3.5-liter supercharged V6 shared with Lotus’s new Emira sports car. It will be possible to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed double clutch. The weight-to-power ratio declared for the Classic version is 1: 1, therefore perfect for fun on the track.
The Gold Leaf version differs in several elements such as pistons, camshaft and electronic mapping, with modifications that bring the power from 430 to 500 horsepower. The wheels in this set-up measure 18 inches at the front and 19 inches at the rear. The frame is made of aluminum, the suspensions are coil spring with shock absorbers adjustable in four directions.
Interior images haven’t been revealed yet, but the company talks about a 6-inch digital driver display instead of retro dials. The car features Wi-Fi connectivity, integrated LED lights, Bluetooth and a five-speaker audio system. Production will be limited to just 62 models and is expected to start at the end of 2021, with the first deliveries occurring in early 2022 at a price not yet defined..