Lotus and the British studio Radford, revived with the participation of the famous Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, have presented the limited sports car Type 62-2. It is a lightweight mid-engined, two-door car in the style of the 1969 Lotus Type 62 racing car. A total of 62 copies will be produced.
Lotus Type 62-2 Specifications
The modern body has retained both the general style of the 1960s car and a number of details like a kind of spoiler in the form of two "tails" behind. At the same time, the model is based on the Lotus Evora chassis with a new subframe. It is noteworthy that the dry weight of the car is only 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds).
The engine is also taken from the Evora, which features a 3.5-liter compressor V6 and has three different power characteristics. The sports car in the Classic version will have 430 hp. The buyers of the Gold Leaf modification will get 500 hp, and the top-end Type 62-2 JPS will get 600 hp. At the same time, for the least powerful car, it will be possible to choose a six-speed mechanical or a seven-speed robotic transmission.
For other versions, only a robotic gearbox is provided and they will also include an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The JPS car will have carbon-ceramic brakes. It is noted that the tuning of Type 62-2 was personally done by the 2009 champion of Formula 1, Jenson Button.
Lotus Type 62-2 Interior Design And Price
There are no interior images yet, but it is known that the sports car will have a six-inch digital instrument cluster and a media system with five speakers, as well as displays. They will display images from cameras installed in place of the rear-view mirrors.
The cost of the model has not yet been disclosed. The release is scheduled to begin in California this year, with the first commercial copies due in early 2022.
The British studio Radford was widely known in the middle of the last century. It specialized in fine-tuning various Bentleys, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, and also built a number of special Mini versions. The company was reborn in 2021 after 50 years of inactivity.
Sources: Radford, Lotus