Coachbuilder Radford Recreates The Lotus Type 62 With Modern Tech & 600HP

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We’ve seen our fair share of restomods and continuations, but we’re not sure if we’ve ever seen anything quite like the Radford Type 62-2. The coachbuilt car looks a lot like a classic 1960s Lotus Type 62 race car, but underneath its retro skin lies some very modern Lotus tech.

Built by Radford in partnership with Lotus, the Type 62-2 is powered by a mid-mounted 3.5L supercharged V6 engine — likely the same power plant you’ll find in the Lotus Evora GT. In the standard Classic Type 62-2, the engine is good for 430hp, while the extremely limited racing-inspired Gold Leaf edition bumps that up to an even 500hp. There’s even a top-end trim boasting a whopping 600hp. All that power combined with the Type 62-2’s predicted dry weight of under 1,000 kg makes for an incredible power-to-weight ratio that has long been Lotus’s calling card. Both models receive special racing-tuned suspension and a bespoke titanium exhaust system. The Classic version is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, while the Gold Leaf gets a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (the Classic can be upgraded to the auto upon request). Radford is making just 62 models of the Type 62-2, with 12 of those reserved for the more powerful, racing livery-sporting Gold Leaf edition.

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