Although we have long known what the Radford Lotus 62-2 will look like from the outside, the company has only now revealed what the interior of the light sports car will look like. Filled with carbon fiber and analog dials, it’s a love letter to Lotus’s past.
“Radford embraces and amplifies what the original producer would have done,” said Mark Stubbs, director of design at Radford. “We build on it. With this interior, we still want it to be a lotus type 62-2, but with craftsmanship and using the finest materials available that detract from a light sports car driving experience. “
Paying homage to Lotus philosophy, the interior features sweeping carbon fiber accents to capture the “light and agile essence” of its sports car underpinnings. The central pieces of the interior, however, are Bremont watches.
Built by the famous Bremont Watch Company, the clock and stopwatch have been added to help riders time themselves over the course of a lap or stage.
“We are thrilled that we have been asked to create a beautiful mechanical rally timer with stopwatch and clock for the interior of this car,” said Nick English, co-founder of Bremont. “Radford is reviving the art of carriage building and Bremont has proudly led the relaunch of British watchmaking for nearly 20 years, there is a beautiful synergy between the two companies in terms of celebrating the best of British manufacturing and design. “
The rest of the interior, meanwhile, comes from the sweeping line that follows the entire interior of the car, starting from the driver’s shoulders and around the screen. Interior trims can be customized to suit the owner, while a fully exposed shift linkage (for manual transmission) shows the company’s focus on maintaining a mechanical link with the driver.
The touchscreen, on the other hand, is equipped with customizable elements and is specially designed for the car. It’s designed to be slim, however, and all controls in the car are operated with physical switches and switches made from fine materials.
There are, however, three smaller screens for reversing cameras to make up for the Radford’s lack of a rear window.
“Everything is driver-centric and built around that,” says Stubbs. “These are experiences and the feeling that the driver feels when getting in and out of the car is really important. You get in the car and slide inside, where the seat grabs you and pushes you to drive. “
The model photographed here is the high-powered John Player Special model and its black and gold coloring is designed to match the exterior design. It is powered by a 600 hp (608 PS / 447 kW) from a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. The most colorful Patterns in gold leaf make 500 hp (506 PS / 373 kW), while the Classic Type 62-2 gets 430 hp (436 PS / 320 kW) from the same engine, which is shared with the Lotus Emira.