In 2021, the Radford studio revived, which introduced the first new model in half a century – the Type 62-2 sports car developed jointly with Lotus, which combined the modified Lotus Evora platform and the design of the 1969 racing model. Over the past two years, the company has run in and started producing road cars, but decided that this was not enough for her and announced participation in the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with a new product.
Aggressive bodywork with advanced splitter, massive rear wing, giant diffuser, flaps on the thresholds and air intake on the roof was not limited. In fact, for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the car was rebuilt. While the road-going Radford Type 62-2 is based on an aluminum chassis, the racing supercar is built around a carbon fiber monocoque.
In addition, the novelty received new front and rear subframes, as well as a suspension with a modified geometry. The top-of-the-line road coupe is powered by Toyota’s supercharged 608-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, but the race car has only the cylinder block left of the stock engine – everything else has been redesigned. The 710-horsepower unit runs on a special fuel-oil mixture developed by Mobil1 specifically for the new engine.
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The car also received new AP Racing carbon-ceramic brakes and Yokohama slick tires on lightweight mono-nut wheels. The Radford Type 62-2 Pikes Peak Edition is about 200 kg lighter than a road car due to the elimination of interior trim, a lighter battery, 70 different 3D printed parts.
The 860-kilogram supercar received a single pilot’s seat, installed in the center. The famous American racer and showman Tanner Faust will lead the novelty to the Pikes Peak race. 2023 will mark the 101st ever start on Pikes Peak Mountain – the legendary track in Colorado will host the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25 – but for the first time in the races, the Radford brand will take place and for the first time since 1986, a car in the iconic JPS livery.
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