That is set to make its global debut on August 7.
Radford Motors, the revived British coachbuilder helmed by F1 star Jenson Button, TV personality Ant Anstead and car designer Mark Stubbs, set a date for its first vehicle's official reveal. Fans and customers will be able to check out the Project 62 online globally on August 7.
Project 62 is based on the Lotus Type 62, which was built for the Group 6 category of international sports car racing. The swoopy little Lotus wore Gold Leaf livery when it raced in the '60s and like the John Player Special colors, Radford just acquired the rights to that classic red, white and gold paint scheme too (though it has already showed the car wearing it).
The original 62 sported the same engine used in the Lotus Elite and a few others, before the company switched to Toyota engines for stuff like the Lotus Evora and Exige. The first Radford will be limited to 62 examples.
If you haven't been paying attention, in March we first heard the news of Radford's revival, 70-some years after its original inception. The company was founded by Harold Radford in 1948, who started building bespoke Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars after the Second World War. Its first car was shown at the London Motor show in 1951. Radford was also responsible for the fiberglass bodywork on the prototype Ford GT40. But now the nameplate is back, with new colors.
"It's amazing to be able to announce another livery acquisition," said Button. "Gold Leaf is, without question, one of the most iconic racing liveries ever to grace an F1 car, and the fact that it also features on the iconic Lotus Type 62, to which our car pays homage, makes it even more special."
The Gold Leaf was the first sponsored Formula One livery. It was applied to Lotus founder Colin Chapman's vehicle in the 1968 season and was later featured on Emerson Fittipaldi and Jochen Rindt's Lotus 72 car in the 1970 season.
The event will be hosted by Radford at the Lyon Air Museum in Orange County, California in August, with a "select audience of owners and VIPs." Radford says each car will be bespoke to its owner, though we don't know if or how many have been sold. We asked Radford where exactly we can watch the reveal, but it says it's still sorting that out. We'll update when we hear back.
"The Project 62 is our brand telling the world exactly what a Radford is, which is an exquisite blend of state-of-the-art technology with opulence and traditional craftsmanship, a superlative driving experience and the ultimate in personalization, said CEO Dan Burge. "We can't wait to reveal to the world what we've been working on for these past months and years. Project 62 is a very special car."