None other than Jenson Button has beenputting the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 through its paces at the Lotus test track in Hethel, successfully completing the final phases of pre-production testing.
The car is looking fantastic and test driver Button has a lot to say about how it drives:
“To finally drive the type 62-2 for the first time was obviously a very special moment, the cockpit already feels like home! The car felt great, well balanced in high and low-speed corners and ran faultlessly all day which is the perfect base for the months of setup tweaking that will follow for me. We want to ensure that this car is a pure driver’s car that pays both due respects to the DNA of Lotus but also delivers the luxury of a Radford.”
Jenson’s role as test driver plays a crucial part in the final stage of development, having been involved from the outset in the design, development and engineering of the Lotus Radford Type 62-2. Jenson’s feedback and expertise ensures the Type 62-2 will offer the superlative, engaging yet refined driving experience expected from an analogue sports car by its exacting global clientele, who have already begun to commission their completely bespoke production slots for each of the ultra-limited 62 examples to be built. First customer deliveries will commence from Q2 2022.
On-track during testing, the Type 62-2 John Player Special prototype delivered an electronically limited top speed of 186mph and a 0-62mph acceleration speed of 2.9 seconds. 0-124mph was completed in 8.4 seconds. It will produce 600bhp from a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 and has a dry weight under 1,000kg. The mid-engined two-seater coupe is based on Lotus technology that has been reengineered throughout including upgraded pistons, con-rods and camshafts, adjustable coil spring suspension driven through a 6-speed manual transmission. The carbon fibre body panels and interior sit on an ultra-lightweight aluminium chassis, in keeping with the Lotus philosophy of “Simplify and add lightness.”