Radford's Type 62-2 is a splendid tribute to the iconic 1969 Lotus Type 62, skillfully integrating its design inspiration from the modern Lotus Evora. While Radford is renowned for producing high-quality road cars, they have ventured into racing territory with the intention to create a unique vehicle that aims to capture the Exhibition Class crown at the prestigious Pikes Peak hill climb competition.
Significant upgrades have been made to ensure the Type 62-2 transforms into an exceptional racing machine, surpassing the performance of its road car counterpart. Under the hood, a supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine has been meticulously stripped down to the block and expertly rebuilt by Jubu Performance, resulting in an impressive output of approximately 710 horsepower—over 100 more than the standard model. To achieve a lightweight yet stiff structure, the vehicle's aluminum chassis has been replaced with a cutting-edge carbon composite monocoque that is integrated with brand new subframes. Further modifications to enhance its aerodynamics and race-readiness include revised bodywork, a large rear wing, an upgraded cooling system for optimal engine temperature control, lightweight wheels, and a finely tuned suspension system to effectively handle the demanding Pikes Peak course.
These comprehensive modifications culminate in a sleek, single-seater race car that boasts incredible performance figures. The Type 62-2 is expected to rocket from a standstill to 60mph in a breathtaking 2.2 seconds or less, and is capable of reaching a top speed of 160 mph. Racing enthusiasts and competitors will witness the impressive debut of this ambitious creation at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25th, where the Type 62-2 is expected to turn heads and potentially break records as it aims for the Exhibition Class trophy.
📷: RADFORD MOTORS