The base classic 62-2 type produces 430 horsepower, with a claimed power-to-weight ratio of around 1: 1. Gold Leaf models get updated pistons, con-rons, camshafts and electronic mapping, bringing horsepower to around 500 CV. In-depth performance data for the models has yet to be revealed.
The Gold Leaf version also gets design cues inspired by the racing car’s livery and rear fenders, which, on the original Type 62, were added by Lotus to increase downforce after track testing. It also has the option of a limited slip differential when dual clutch transmission and advanced ABS and traction control is selected.
The John Player Special, meanwhile, completes the range with an upgraded compressor that increases power to 600hp. Its styling is slightly different too, with the increased performance coming along with better aerodynamics from a larger front splitter, air intakes and rear diffuser.
Classic models feature 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, which are upgraded to 18-inch front and 19-inch rear on Gold Leaf cars. All Type 62-2 models are built with an aluminum frame, coil spring suspension with four-way adjustable shock absorbers and optional hydraulic front lift.
Radford co-founder Jenson Button said, “Creating a car that is both luxurious and comfortable, and fantastic to drive, is a tough challenge, but the first Radford of the modern era delivers. The Type 62-2 is the driver’s car at its heart. When you see the design, it looks just like a 1970s Le Mans car.
“When you sit behind the wheel and look through the curved windshield, you can see the front wheel arches, something you don’t experience on road cars today. With such a low center of gravity, the car body does not roll. The chassis shows all the hallmarks of a race car beautifully set up for the road, giving the driver maximum confidence to get maximum enjoyment on every journey, “he said.
Pricing has not been made public, but production is limited to just 62 models and is expected to begin in late 2021, with first deliveries occurring in early 2022.