Triumph of analog design: the interior of the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 supercar is revealed
British firm H. Radford has released images of the interior of its first and so far only Type 62-2 model, based on the relatively modern Lotus Evora, but at the same time inspired by the ’62 Lotus Type 62 racing sports car. 60s of the last century.
H. Radford is a revived coachbuilder Harold Radford, created by racing driver Jenson Button, television presenter Ant Anstead, designer Mark Stubbs and entrepreneur Roger Behle. The atelier was founded in 1948 by Harold Radford and became famous for converting stock cars for show business stars, but failed in the mid-1970s due to a sharp drop in demand for exclusive cars. Now this demand, on the contrary, is growing by leaps and bounds, and H. Radford is positioned as a full-fledged car manufacturer.
In August, the company introduced the Lotus Tipo 62-2 supercar, built using an aluminum monocoque and transmission from Lotus Evora (by the way, this model has already been discontinued and has given way to a more modern Emira coupe), and the Type 62-2 received a new one: a stiffer rear a subframe to which the rear suspension is attached, completely original carbon fiber exterior panels and a completely new interior that the developers kept hidden until yesterday.
The published images show the decoration of a more powerful version of the JPS (John Player Special), whose name refers to the title sponsor of the Lotus tobacco stable in the 70s. This version is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol compressor producing 608 hp and a fixed 6-speed manual transmission (7-speed dual-clutch "robot" is offered as an option) that sends all the power to the rear wheels. through an electronically controlled limited slip differential. H. Radford expects to release only 12 copies of the JPS supercar, while the total edition of the model will be 62 (the base version of 436 HP Classic and 507 HP Gold Leaf is also planned.).
In a strictly two-seater cabin (the original Evora has a 2 + 2 seating formula), as you can see, the spirit of the 60s is perfectly conveyed with its minimalist finish and large glossy toggle switches, while the Tipo 62-2 does not shy away from modern technology: it is equipped with a customizable 6- inch virtual instrument panel and three electronic rear-view mirrors (images from external cameras are transmitted to three displays).
There is no multimedia system as such – its role is played by the owner’s smartphone, whose music is transmitted to the standard audio system (5 speakers) via Bluetooth. The door boards are trimmed in bare carbon fiber, and the straps serve as door handles. The gear lever is not covered and deliberately shows the mechanism. Next to it, a classic handbrake emerges from a carbon fiber tunnel. But the main decoration of the salon is an analog clock and a stopwatch attached to the front panel, designed specifically for this model by the British watch company Bremont and placed in massive metal cases.
H. Radford has not yet announced pricing or performance specifications for the three Type 62-2 versions, but confirms production will begin later this year with the first units shipped to customers next year.