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The Radford Type 62-2

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  1. Jonathan19

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    Radford 62-2 is retro coachbuilt special with Lotus V6 power!

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    This is quite a thing, isn’t it? It’s the Radford Type 62-2, the comeback of Radford finally made real (well, rendered).

    The full lowdown of Radford’s return is here, but in short you’re looking at a modern day reimagining of the Lotus Type 62, with Lotus itself on board to provide “its latest technologies to deliver the purest possible driving experience”. Whether that means shared parts with the new Emira remains to be seen…

    Though one part definitely shared is the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 in the new Emira as well as the Evora and Exige. It’s in the middle – obvs – and whether it’s hooked up to a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox depends on which spec you choose, but either way, Radford promises the Type 62-2 is “engineered for an unadulterated mechanical feel, exceptional engagement and uncompromising poise”.

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    As a severely limited-run coachbuilt special, ‘spec levels’ aren’t as simple as an L, GL and GLX. So you’ve a choice of Classic (430bhp V6, manual, no spoiler, 17in front/18in rear wheels), Gold Leaf (500bhp V6, DCT, twin ducktail spoilers, 18/19in centre-lock wheels and motorsport traction control) and JPS (upgraded supercharger for 600bhp, DCT, proper aero kit and carbon wheels and brakes). It’ll be no surprise those names respond to liveries. If you’re shy, then the purist Classic version is pictured in green below. The big-boy JPS is yet to be revealed.

    We’re promised form follows function with the design, though there are abundant retro cues to coo over, not least the single wiper and Ford GT40-esque door cut-outs in the roof. Radford helped fashion those back in the 1960s, so it’s a legitimate firing of the nostalgia canon to see them here.

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    The weight figure of the raciest 62-2s will dip under 1,000 kilos, with the chassis a lightweight bonded and riveted aluminium structure and the panels carbon composite. There’s no power steering and driver aids appear to be kept at a minimum.

    “Creating a car that is simultaneously luxurious and comfortable, and great to drive, is a tough challenge, but the first Radford of the modern era delivers,” says Jenson Button, who was on the development team. “The chassis exhibits all the hallmarks of a beautifully set up race car for the road – gifting the driver supreme confidence to extract maximum enjoyment every journey.”

    Not an unbiased opinion, of course, but he’s a former F1 world champion. We suspect he wouldn't attach his name to something with understeering tendencies.

    Mind, we’re also promised strong visibility, lots of storage and nods of modernity are done with usefulness in mind – wing mirrors are replaced with cameras, bringing extra safety as well as an aesthetic neat and spindly enough to look retro. Front suspension lift will be optional for more day-to-day usability while there’s a Bluetooth stereo and trackday data logger inside.

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    They’re making 62 and each will be bespoke to its owner, with the chance for said owner to jump alongside Jenson on a trackday to learn how to get the best out of their no doubt plumply priced new car. Lots to take in, huh.
     
  2. boxerman

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    Its a very cool exige V6.
     
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    super cool but at 1st i thought it was styled like a ford gt40 tribute but now that i see the original i get it. winner if ever gets made.
     
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    I can't speak much to the details other than to say I have a small involvement in this project and that there is little doubt it will be created. Radford is well financed and organized and there is little to indicate this project is anything but genuine.
     
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    awesome. perfect track version of the emira
     
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    So far the word is its an elige v6 tub, with different rear subframe. 2200-2300lbs
    The track version will have all the right bits.
     
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    Even better news. Where are they getting chassis from? Lotus parts, used?
     
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    the Tubs are made by a subcontractor anyway.
    I blieve lotus is selling the elige platform to a third party anyway, hopefully a good custodian like caterham.
     
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    No involvement with the project, but I got to see this car in the clay this past Christmas, and got to see the 2 prototype Elise tubs that were going to be lengthened to for the new car. Very cool project.. I wish the Radford guys well.

    They are now also the named sponsor for the (former) Bondurant Racing school out in AZ.
     
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    #12 sainthoo, Dec 8, 2021
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    Can anyone share pricing for the lesser models?
    Edit: base starts at $400K
     

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