The gold and black livery is a throwback to Lotus racing cars from another era.
British coachbuilder Radford was revived with the help of Jenson Button recently, a project that lived up to the hype when the company revealed the Type 62-2, inspired by none other than the legendary Lotus Type 62.
Initially shown in a classic red and white specification, Radford has now revealed the Type 62-2 John Player Special with a stunning black-and-gold color scheme that motorsport fans of a bygone era will absolutely adore. The JPS 62-2 livery was briefly teased back in July and it's been worth the wait. Of the 62 cars that will be made, only 12 will have the JPS livery so it's especially exclusive.
The JPS livery was used on the bodywork of the Lotus Type 72D which scored five wins during the 1972 Formula 1 season, with Emerson Fittipaldi behind the wheel. The unique livery continued to be used for several years, including on the Lotus 98T driven by Ayrton Senna.
Compared with the Gold Leaf car, the JPS also gets an upgraded braking system with carbon-ceramic rotors. It features Dymag carbon composite wheels measuring 18 inches in front and 19 inches at the back. These are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Radford went beyond just the black-and-gold color scheme for the JPS. It has a bolder front splitter, larger side air intakes, and a more extreme rear diffuser too.
Power is derived from a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 delivering 600 horsepower. The modern Lotus Evija is three times as powerful but that's hardly going to bother the typical buyer of the beautiful Type 62-2.
"The John Player Special Type 62-2 is the most extreme 62-2 that money can buy," said Jenson Button. "It is low, sleek, and powerful and sports one of the most iconic racing liveries ever created."
The Radford Type 62-2 begins production later this year and the first deliveries will start in 2022. Keen on seeing it up close? The JPS model will make its public debut at the upcoming Goodwood Revival.