Gold Leaf Type 62-2 ‘Quail Edition’ Has Even The Critics Smiling

Gold Leaf Lotus Type 62-2 hero

The Gold Leaf Type 62-2 ‘Quail Edition’ has been given it’s first public outing at the Quail Motorsports Gathering and it’s fair to say that even the critics were smiling…

Coachbuilt by Radford and backed by designer Mark Stubbs, broadcaster and motoring specialist Ant Anstead, FIA F1 World Champion Jenson Button and leading business adviser and lawyer Roger Behle, the Type 62-2 sportscar made its public debut at California‘s Quail Motorsports Gathering amid gleeful cheer.

Utilising Lotus engineering technologies the 62-2, as you’ve probably guessed, is limited to just 62 examples worldwide, of which 12 will be Gold Leaf liveried cars, built precisely to its individual owner’s desired specification and requirements.

Gold Leaf Lotus

3.5-litre supercharged V6

While the subtle design cues point towards the original 1960s Type 62 Lotus, each of the Gold Leaf liveried cars also come equipped with a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine that offers the pilot around 500bhp at the blip of their right foot if needed, although alternative powertrain outputs are available on request.

Gold Leaf Lotus Type 62-2

Sitting alongside the ‘Classic’ version, the Gold Leaf Type 62-2 Quail Edition wears a modern twist on the iconic Gold Leaf livery, which is one of the most famous and significant racing car liveries ever to grace a Formula 1 car.

Gold Leaf Lotus Type 62-2

Its legendary red, white and gold colour scheme was applied after Colin Chapman signed a huge deal with Gold Leaf, and is most well-known on the Type 49B raced Graham Hill raced during the 1968 season. The colour scheme also featured on the famous Lotus 72 F1 car raced by Emerson Fittipaldi and Jochen Rindt in the 1970 season.

Gold Leaf Lotus Type 62-2

Gold Leaf Type 62-2

The Gold Leaf Type 62-2 Quail Edition features a bespoke carbon fibre composite front splitter and rear diffuser. It also features AP Monobloc calipers and fully carbon-ceramic brake rotors. These are housed within larger 18-inch front and 19-inch Dymag carbon composite wheels – which lower the unsprung mass, and improve the nimble handling characteristics of the car, yet further. The composite wheels are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Gold Leaf Lotus Type 62-2

Mark Stubbs:
“The Radford Type 62-2 in Gold Leaf guise, is a really special car. From a design perspective, the Gold Leaf car with these bespoke additions really stands out, with larger diffusers, and wheels. And sporting one of the most iconic racing liveries ever to grace a Formula 1 car, gives the car a real presence and sense of occasion.

“We’re only making 12 of these iconic cars, meaning they are already one of the rarest cars that money can buy. And most of them are already allocated to their owners.”

“The Gold Leaf Type 62-2 is light, fast, and nimble and will hold its own among even the most accomplished of supercars. Naturally, it is also embellished with all of the high-end touches you would expect of a bespoke coachbuilder such as Radford.”

Production of the Radford Type 62-2 begins in late 2021, with the first deliveries being made in 2022, but you’ll have to be quick as half are already sold…

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